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Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 1:10 pm  |  54 responses

Video: 10-Year Anniversary of Allen Iverson’s ‘Practice?!’ Rant

Not a game. We’re talking about practice.

On May 7, 2002, one year removed from improbably dragging a rag-tag group to the NBA Finals, Allen Iverson erupted during a classic, hilarious press conference when the Philadelphia Sixers’ season came to an end. The Answer!

(h/t: Philly Daily News)

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  • abaci

    Classic.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    I miss this dude..

  • Shecky Shabazz

    “How the hell can I make my teammates better by practice?!” Best line from that rant.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY

    He had to say practice at least 50 times in that video lol…

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    missing this cat hard. hopefully the playoffs dont drag on this season. this season was tragic. AI back in the nba 2012-13

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    AI was right, that was silly especially when you think about how hard he played every game. Larry Brown didn’t handle that right, you gotta let some things slide. Hell, Magic Johnson said that Kareem sometimes missed practices and Pat Riley, the very intense Mr. Riley, just let it slide. Maybe that’s the reason why people get tired of Larry Brown pretty quickly, the constant nagging gets old in a hurry. (Even though he’s one hell of a coach)

  • Quincy Douby

    I still laugh when I see this.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Rushelle34 Rushelle

    When everybody hate him, that’s the time I love him the most.

  • blackthought

    how many times he`d say practise? all time classic!

  • Felix Rotger

    Was he talking about practice?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Rushelle34 Rushelle

    When everybody hates him, that’s the time I love him the most.

  • http://www.twitter.com/Rushelle34 Rushelle

    Miss you so much AI…

  • http://www.xhamster.com Danger Powers

    Not a game…lmao

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    missing AI like crazy. and cosign @berk on everything. theres always been a double standard with AI. and LB shouldnt have commented bc the media was looking for ammunition to use against AI. they needed a scapegoat and AI is ranked #1 in that category. Hes not the only player who had to rest rather than practice and missing a few practices with the minutes AI logs is insignificant and necessary. (check out the link)

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    I’m not sure, I think he was talking about the game.

  • bike

    A classic from a beloved superstar? Or the rantings of someone mentally impaired?

  • Yesse

    “How the hell can i make my teammates better by practice?” – This is why Allen Iverson never got a ring.

  • http://SLAMONLINE.COM Gab

    He said Practice 24 1/2 times. lmao!!!!

  • http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshhML7iq4dK491bduli Max

    Not a game..

  • MookieBlaylock

    I mean how silly is that!?

    Is my favorite. AI, the reason me and thousands of other kids rocked the 3

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    “We talking’ about PRACTICE. Not the game I go out there and die for…”

  • http://nba.com 19821982

    @Yesse he never won a game because most people can’t name more than 3 other players on his best squads. And pre-denver, detroit, and memphis everyone on his team loved him. Well, other than the players that were traded because they couldn’t stand playing with him…

  • http://www.laumol.nl/weblog Laumol
  • Dennisthemenace

    That was a bad week for A.I. His best friend was murdered a few days before. The Sixers were eliminated by Boston two days prior. And he played the series with a broken hand. I’d be pissed too if I was told that I didn’t care.

  • Dennisthemenace

    and on top of that…..the majority of Larry Brown’s complaints was that Iverson was SKIPPING WEIGHT LIFTING SESSIONS!!! Why would that matter so much? But of course dorks all over the world now quote the “practice” thing to get a goofy laugh out of it. But..but…Iverson didn’t practice! And he was a criminal!! And that bounce pass didn’t have the proper form!!!!

  • http://bebe310.blogspot.com/ anonymous

    preach @dennis. it`s funny how the only times that sportcenter/espn talk about AI that it`s in a negative or satirical light. they constantly focus on off-the-court related issues despite everything hes done throughout his career. but they choose to focus on this. (check out my website dennis)

  • HAMMER

    Classic. Nostalgic. Man, how time flies.

  • fruizm

    AI is and will always be my favorite basketball player. If I could meet one person before I die, it would be him or Jerry Seinfeld….but anyway, when this video first came out it was very funny….but now its just played out! Not even funny anymore because all those “funny imitators”.

  • RedRum

    At the same time he was going on that rant Kobe was PRACTICING 6 hours per day, collecting rings. Some people have god given talent but waste it with bad work ethics. AI was a case study for this. The great Drazen Petrovic said that in basketball, apart from height talent does not exist. Talent is your hunger to put in the thousands of hours in PRACTICE. That is what makes a great player.

  • RedRum

    The line “how the hell can I make my teammates better by practice???” says it all. He just does not get it. He thought that he was playing pickup, he really had no notion what it takes to win and be a champion. And to be fair, SLAM with all its sucking up to AI over many years and inflating his ego did not help him at all…

  • Jerome

    As funny as this interview is the attitude that practice is not important is detrimental to any young kid out there. I am talking about practice, because laziness pays off now, but hard work pays off, period.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    Hard to believe a decade has gone by and we still sittin here talkin bout practice.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    its funny how AI will be remembered partly for his practise routine… they ain’t even talking bout the game, they talkin bout practise

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Just have to say this: nobody gets to the NBA without countless hours of practice and if you are an undersized point guard like AI was, you have to be REALLY good to make it to the league and it is not thanks to “god given” talent. And if you followed AI’s career a little bit, you understand that he played hard and he often played hurt. (As a matter of fact, he could hardly get out of bed when they were playing the Lakers in the 2001 Finals because he was so banged up). So for him to do all that and still hear Larry Brown whine about missed practices is a bit…..rich. Finally I get AI’s point about his teammates (that shows how little that reporter knows about the game), I mean, you don’t LEARN to play in the NBA, you learn plays and all that during training camp, preseason and the regular season,(you better know your stuff by the playoffs) so one missed practice ain’t gonna really make a big difference. You learn to play in COLLEGE and work on your game during the summer. Make your teammates better, (like AI is gonna teach them to play) give me a break…………..

  • http://www.starting5.com.au NM30

    How can you not love this dude

  • robb

    lol thanks AI

  • Clydesays

    AI was an incredible player and Brown was a great coach, but they share equal blame in that bad marriage. LB should have let AI slide on that one and Iverson should’ve figured out that if every coach and player had to be at practice, so did he.

  • toinefan88

    love ai a lot, his game meant so much to mine. this is hard to watch bc 2 me it’s the beginning of the end. they never let him live this down.

  • anonymous

    @berk don`t waste your time trying to explain logic to the intellectually challenged because these people are fixed in their beliefs. Anyone who believes that Iverson does not practice is not a knowledgeable sports analyst, because it is physically impossible for someone to sustain such greatness without practice, lifting and great work ethic. It`s been 10 years now and still many people are none the wiser. (http://bebe310.blogspot.com/2012/04/iverson-mythology-discrediting-practice_29.html)

  • MikeC.

    Would some time in the weight room have lessened some of the nagging injuries that he always seemed to be playing through? Maybe, but we’ll never know.

  • pacmac

    “WE TALKIN BOUT PRACTICE!” There I said it too.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Hossy

    how the hell can i make my teammates better by practicing? HAHA

  • Ali

    I don’t know about that statement, that he can’t make his teammates better. Jordan was known throughout his career for going very hard at PRACTICE, and wanting his teammates to go hard to get better, to the point of belittling and cursing out teammates on a regular at PRACTICE if they didn’t up their game. That’s a fact. The number of scrub teammates surrounding Jordan during the 6 championship runs says it all. He made them better!

  • LP

    You guys are insane. AI never lifted weights in his life, because everybody doesn’t have the “Lebron” type body that will benefit from weight-lifting. It definitely would have slowed AI down to lift weights…And yes, AI was banged up EVERY YEAR, EVERY GAME. He could not practice. SO WHAT!?! he avg 30 and 7 dimes, and played every game like his last, so why would the TEAMMATES get better by doing the same?? Everybody can’t just curse teammates out in PRACTice like Jordan did…”Hey AI, please curse me out, and come play in practice, so therefore, I can be a better player! oh would you, AI? Because you practicing with me will be SO BENEFICIAL to me being a better player. NOT you playing in the games, but PRACTICE…”

  • coyboo

    look what lack of PRACTICE and much brash has brought this once a-list baller now

  • http://www.huwlhopkins.com #6marjon

    I’ve never seen the whole thing. I had no idea it went on for so long

  • MikeC.

    On-floor chemistry is just so easy to make up on the fly in games. Practicing so your teammates know your tendencies is a waste of time. Defending a guy who says practice doesn’t matter is just silly. AI had elite talent. His teammates didn’t. They needed practice time with him so they could be better as a unit. The entire roster was customized to suit the unique talents of one player on both ends of the floor. I guess having that one player practice would just waste everyone’s time.

  • LA Huey

    “On-floor chemistry is just so easy to make up on the fly in games. Practicing so your teammates know your tendencies is a waste of time.” I’ll co-sign that sarcasm.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Yeah, missing a few practices will make teammates who played with you for several seasons (preseason, regular seson, playoffs) forget what your tendencies are. Makes perfect sense to me.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    AI didn’t put in the hard work off the court and that’s why he is in the same class as a Stephon Marbury. #GoodButCouldHaveBeenGreat

  • MikeC.

    People who say practice doesn’t matter must only play in their driveway.

  • dreamsports70

    Iverson played harder than 99.9% of his contemporaries. He carried teams on his back. I would have told the reporters to kiss my @ss too. Give the man his respect! Check Kahlil the Illah video, “A.I. Resurrection 2.0″ on youtube.

  • Justin G.

    Maybe if he had practiced more he wouldn’t have shot 42.5% for his career. Nah, why bother when you can shoot at such a low clip and still be idolized because he was mentally tough, could take a pounding, and keep coming back for more. Who needs to bother getting better when the slurpers on SLAM say he can do no wrong?

  • markymark

    Classic! Bring this cat back to the league. So sick of seeing preppy outfits in press cons with the players saying scripted PR BS. “We hustled on D and made some shots, that’s why we got the win.” No sh*t Sherlock?

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