Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers are in talks for a surprising sequel.
Iverson and top Sixers officials met to discuss a possible return to the team, a scenario once thought to be impossible after their acrimonious split three years ago. Team president Ed Stefanski said in a statement that both parties remain noncommittal about a final decision after a nearly two-hour meeting Monday in Dallas.
Iverson, his agent and business manager met with Stefanski, coach Eddie Jordan and two other members of the organization during the first formal meeting between the Sixers and their former MVP.
The 76ers were in Dallas, where they lost to the Mavericks on Monday. Jordan said before the game Iverson still has something remaining to contribute.
“All of us liked what he talked about today. I’m not going to share that,” Jordan said. “He’s a charming individual. It was really good, really intriguing.”
The 10-time All-Star, who retired last week, is among the free-agent candidates the Sixers are considering to replace injured point guard Lou Williams, who’s expected to miss eight weeks after jaw surgery.
Iverson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft, played 10-plus seasons with the 76ers. He was traded to Denver in December 2006, and was then dealt to Detroit early last season.
The 34-year-old Iverson, who has never won an NBA championship, wouldn’t be returning to a winner in Philadelphia. The Sixers have lost seven straight and are 5-13 this season.
Nets turn to Vandeweghe
New Jersey Nets general manager Kiki Vandeweghe is set to become the team’s coach for the rest of the season.
He doesn’t have to worry about being on the bench for a potential record-setting loss, though.
Vandeweghe won’t coach his first game with the team until Friday, a person with knowledge of the team’s plans told The Associated Press on Monday.
Tom Barrise, who led the team Sunday night after Lawrence Frank was fired, will coach again Wednesday against Dallas, when the Nets can set an NBA record with an 18th straight loss to begin a season.
Former NBA head coach Del Harris will join the Nets as Vandeweghe’s assistant.
LeBron criticizes coach
LeBron James says Cavaliers coach Mike Brown should have let Zydrunas Ilgauskas set a record last weekend.
Ilgauskas has tied Cleveland’s record for all-time games played at 723 and will set the mark with his next appearance. That could have been at home last Saturday, but Brown elected not to play Ilgauskas in a victory against the Mavericks.
“I definitely thought he should’ve played,” James said Monday. “I’m not trying to stir up anything with coach or whatever is going on with the organization, but sometimes one game is the smaller things. What was on the line was something way bigger than us playing the Mavericks. That was Z breaking the record.”
Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich will be out one to two weeks with a sprained left thumb, an injury he sustained during a practice last week while the team was on a West Coast trip. … Former NBA All-Star Antoine Walker has agreed to pay more than $900,000 to settle bad check charges with three Las Vegas casinos and avoid trial on felony criminal charges, a defense lawyer and prosecutor said Monday … The Oklahoma City Thunder says guard Kevin Ollie underwent successful “minor” surgery Monday to relieve pain in the patellar tendon in his right knee. Another Thunder guard, Washington State product Kyle Weaver, also was scheduled to have surgery on his separated shoulder, an injury he suffered last week during practice.