Allen Iverson made a guest appearance on all The Smoke Podcast with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson, where he talked about his legendary career and the current NBA. He shared his thoughts on the Brooklyn Nets, hiring Steve Nash as their head coach, who brought a lot of attention from the media. Some think that was a wrong decision by the Nets’ front office because of Nash’s lack of experience, while other salutes this move and believe Nash will do a great job in taking the team to the next level.
Both Nash and Iverson belong in the same draft class of 1996, and ever since their early beginnings, there was a lot of mutual respect between them. Even though their journeys in the league started differently, they both had an incredible impact on the teams they played for. Iverson is convinced Nash will do a great job with the Nets and believes they have all the ingredients to be successful.
He has so much to offer to our sport because he is excellent. He is a great person. I never had the luxury to be around him a lot but hearing stories from other guys. He is just a beautiful man. I want to see him succeed, and in the situation with those two great players with all the other guys they got around, that team is a recipe for success.Allen Iverson, via Showtime Basketball
Iverson also took a trip down the memory lane and said how his matchups against Nash were one of the most challenging ones. He compared Nash’s game to John Stockton and always admired his versatility and ability to get everyone on the team involved offensively. The amount of support Iverson gave Nash is fantastic, and he hopes for him to become one of the greatest coaches in NBA history.
Steve and Stephon Marbury gave me the most problem. Steve was just a headache because he could do it all. John Stockton mode. He just knows how to get it done. Steve was excellent. Shot out to you, Steve, I want you to do great. I want you to see be a legendary Greg Popovich, Larry Brown type influence.Allen Iverson, via Showtime Basketball
It’s genuinely great to hear NBA legends having so much respect and support for each other. Iverson and Nash were both members of one of the greatest draft classes in NBA history, and both made a tremendous impact on the game, even though they did it differently. Whether Nash will be successful with the Nets remains to be seen, but he has a fresh start and the ability to use his knowledge and experience to help the Nets grow into a championship-caliber squad.