After Allen Iverson was inducted into the Hall of Fame, Tyronn Lue of the Cleveland Cavaliers said his former rival is welcome to coach the team with him.
Last Friday, the former guard for the Philadelphia 76ers was officially inducted into the Maismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Aside from his various achievements during his over 10 years of tenure in the NBA, one of Iverson's most memorable moments was when he executed a perfect step over on Lue during the 2001 NBA Finals. Back then, the Cavs coach was still a member of the Los Angeles Lakers.
During the induction ceremony, Iverson commended Lue and said that after the step over incident, he and the coach became good friends.
As for Lue, after hearing about Iverson's induction, he congratulated his buddy and even said that he's welcome to coach the Cavs with him.
"I love him like a brother," Lue told TMZ Sports. "Glad he got inducted into the Hall of Fame. Well-deserved and one of the best players of all time in the NBA."
"He can come coach with me," he added.
Adding Iverson on the coaching staff of Cleveland can certainly boost the offensive and defensive plays of the Cavs and would definitely increase their chances of retaining their championship title in the upcoming season.
Aside from reminiscing about his good times in the NBA, Iverson also gave out an emotional speech during his induction ceremony. In his speech, Iverson thanked John Thompson, the former coach of the Georgetown Hoyas, for saving his life.
The retired NBA star noted that 22 years ago, three felony convictions stemming from a brawl almost prevent Iverson from becoming a man he is today. Although he is a talented athlete, the convictions deterred teams from recruiting him.
Thompson, on the other hand, decided to give him a shot.
"I want to thank coach Thompson... for saving my life," he said. "For giving me the opportunity. I was recruited by every school in the country for football and basketball. And an incident in high school and all that was taken away."
"No other teams, no other schools were recruiting me anymore," he added. "My mom went to Georgetown and begged him to give me a chance. And he did."