Allen Iverson 'Definitely' Backs 76ers to Win Title: I Think Our Time Is Now

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 24, 2018

Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson talks to reporters during a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Friday, April 8, 2016, in Philadelphia. Iverson has been inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)
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Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson said Tuesday the Sixers "definitely" have a realistic chance to capture the 2018 NBA championship.

AI told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN's First Take the team has come far enough to believe competing for the title is within reach.

"I think our time is now," Iverson said.

When asked by Smith whether that means winning a championship, The Answer replied: "Definitely. Why not? Why not us? I think we got the talent, we got the coaching staff and we definitely, definitely got the fan support."

Here's a look at Iverson's complete comments on the Sixers' return to prominence:

Philly leads its first-round playoff series 3-1 over the Miami Heat after winning back-to-back road games at AmericanAirlines Arena. The 76ers will attempt to advance to the conference semifinals, where they would face the Boston Celtics or Milwaukee Bucks, with a Tuesday victory over the Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.

OddsShark noted Philadelphia is tied with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the third-best NBA title odds behind only the reigning champion Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

The Sixers' rebuilt roster, led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, is a threat to win the Eastern Conference with the Celtics banged up, the Cavs lacking talent around LeBron James and the top-seeded Toronto Raptors tied 2-2 in a first-round battle with the Washington Wizards.

Winning the title this year will be an uphill battle given the star-studded rosters in Golden State and Houston. But Iverson, like most NBA observers, sees a bright future for Philly.

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