PHILADELPHIA — Jamil Blackmon says he came up with "the Answer."
Now, Blackmon, who claims to be an old friend of Allen Iverson, is demanding 25% of the proceeds that the NBA's reigning most valuable player has realized from the catchy moniker, "the Answer."
Blackmon filed a lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court, alleging that he nicknamed Iverson in 1994 when he was driving the 6-foot native of Hampton, Va., to an alternative high school each day.
Iverson would become "the Answer" to the NBA's woes, Blackmon told the player at the time, the suit claims.
Iverson's attorney, Larry Woodward, of Virginia Beach, Va., said Monday that he could not comment on the specifics of the case, but that Iverson would fight it.