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Iverson credited Brown, and his Georgetown coach John Thompson, who was at the ceremony, for turning him into a man. He had a catch in his voice taking about his deep relationship with former Sixer Aaron McKie. He called Jordan was an inspiration.

But Iverson’s post-NBA career has been marred by divorce and stories of financial ruin and alcohol abuse. Iverson was flanked on the podium by three of his children, and said he couldn’t let every rumor about his personal life upset him.

Brown said he wasn’t worried about Iverson adjusting life without a uniform and an adoring crowd chanting his name.

“I hope Philly gives him a job in the front office like he deserves,” Brown said. “That would be a great step, keep him involved with basketball. He needs that, and kids need that because so many kids admire him and want to be just like him and it’d be nice that they’d see him involved in the game.”

The Sixers have talked to Iverson about a role with the franchise, a person familiar with the talks told the AP on condition of anonymity because no decision has been finalized.

Miami’s LeBron James, a 2004 Olympic teammate of Iverson‘s, said it was time to give The Answer his due.

Allen had a great career, one of the best players to ever play the game,” James said. “What he did for this league was great and will always be remembered.”