Despite their rollercoaster of a relationship during their time with the Sixers, there’s no denying that Larry Brown and Allen Iverson had quite the connection. Brown is undoubtedly an authority on most things Allen Iverson, and the 81-year-old coach has now spoken about comparisons between AI and Memphis Grizzlies superstar Ja Morant.
Morant’s dazzling style of play has fans and pundits alike raving about this young man’s elite potential. Unsurprisingly, the Grizzlies stud has been compared to one of the greatest guards to ever pick up a basketball in Allen Iverson.
For his part, Brown admitted that he was a long-time fan of Morant. According to the Hall of Fame head coach, comparisons between Ja and AI are indeed justified:
” I’ve watched it [in college] but I couldn’t predict that,” Brown told Marc Berman of the New York Post. “He reminds me so much of Allen [Iverson] athletically the way it pays. Intrepid. This all [Grizzlies] team they have great camaraderie. They all seem to like each other. He is so special.
“The things that Ja does, I remember sitting on the bench in Philadelphia watching the staff and seeing Allen doing something and we all laughed because we’ve never seen anyone do anything like that. J ‘have the same feeling watching Ja play. And many of our children go to their games.’
Brown served as Sixers head coach for six seasons and throughout that time had the privilege of coaching Iverson. Together they won the Eastern Conference title in 2001. Brown knows Iverson extremely well and the fact that he talks about Morant like that says a lot about the young Grizzlies star.
Brown also makes an excellent point about Morant’s marketability. Like Iverson in the 2000s, the younger generation now also gravitates towards Morant. There’s no denying that Ja is one of the hottest players in the NBA right now and it’s also true that this young man has what it takes to be the face of the NBA in the not-too-distant future. Even Allen Iverson himself seems to think so.