I left of the, “we talkin’ ’bout practice man. I’m a franchise player and we talkin’ about practice!” rant out of yesterday’s Allen Iverson retirement post. But this is too good.
Gary Payton and Allen Iverson are out drinking during the off-season, and Gary Payton tells AI that George Karl doesn’t let him practice. Payton then recounts an conversation with Sixers coach Larry Brown after the ‘Practice Press Conference’. It’s a good thing that Gary Payton played in Seattle and not in a city where sports writers feel more comfortable calling out team stars, I can see him having a similar style media meltdown.
After three years out of the league Allen Iverson officially retired from the NBA today. Not many basketball players, or people, could overcome what AI had to. Gary Payton is my boy, but Allen Iverson was probably a better athlete. So quick in the passing lanes and on fast breaks, I might have asked Glove to play 2-guard and let AI handle the point, but there is still only one ball to play with.
Iverson was never a great percentage shooter from the floor, had half as many turnovers as assists, takes a ton of shots, and like to talk about practice more than actually practice.
This is exactly who David Stern had in mind when he came up with a dress code. AI had a cultural effect on the Association more so than any other player next to Michael Jordan. Tattoos, sleeves to cover up personal tattoos, jewelry, cornrows, baggy clothes, doo rags, headbands, ball caps, it’s like David Stern just looked through Iverson’s closet to come up with the banned list.
So even though you’ve been gone for years, here’s to the Answer. Now you can get to the HOF where you belong.
The Answer: Documentary
Couple of other good ones on YouTube
Allen Iverson – ESPN Documentary
The Trial of Allen Iverson
This is probably the best one that I’ve seen. Allen’s legal problems before Georgetown almost precluded one of the most prolific basketball careers of all time.