Happy Ten Years To A Press Conference That Will Never Be Forgotten: Allen Iverson Talking About Pratice

Allen Iverson, talking about practice.

Ten years ago, on this day in May, Allen Iverson, who at the time was the Philadelphia 76ers’ star guard made the words “practice” famous.

Practice: the action or process of performing or doing something as it’s defined according to dictionary.com had a different meaning on that afternoon in May.

Sitting in front of several media groups and cameras, Iverson who was holding a press conference due to missing a practice, single handily changed the word. 13 sentences, 193 words, and point guard, Allen Iverson changed the word of practice. Oh yes, I’m talking about the word practice.

Responding to a media member’s question, Iverson had these 193 words to say:

“We’re sitting here, and I’m supposed to be the franchise player, and we’re talking about practice.”

“I mean listen, we’re sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we’re talking about practice.”

“Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last, but we’re talking about practice man.”

“How silly is that?”

“Now I know that I’m supposed to lead by example and all that, but I’m not shoving that aside like it don’t mean anything.

“I know it’s important, I honestly do, but we’re talking about practice.”

“We’re talking about practice man.”

“We’re talking about practice.”

“We’re talking about practice.”

“We’re not talking about the game.”

“We’re talking about practice.”

“When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you’ve seen me play right, you’ve seen me give everything I’ve got, but we’re talking about practice right now.”

“Hey I hear you, it’s funny to me too, hey it’s strange to me too, but we’re talking about practice man, we’re not even talking about the game, when it actually matters, we’re talking about practice.”

Here’s the video of Iverson’s practice comments:


The next day, following his practice comments, Iverson would back it up that it was just “practice” as he scored 31 points, had 7 assists, and 3 steals in the 76ers 104-97 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

As for the 76ers they would go onto lose the series, 4-2 to Detroit. However, they wouldn’t lose Iverson’s famous comments as the story ten years later, wasn’t that the Pistons went on to defeat the 76ers, it was that Iverson re-invented the word, practice.

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Amare Stoudemire Injures His Hand While Heading Back To The Locker Room: See What Happened As Well As His Status For Game 3

Photo of Stoudemire leaving AmericanAirlines Arena in a sling.

Following up a 100-67 game one victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday, the Miami Heat won again at home this time winning, 104-94.

Frustrations grew in the Knicks locker room as the Knicks who now trail 0-2 to the Heat, as they head back to New York for game three, may be heading back without star forward, Amare Stoudemire.

A team spokesman confirmed Monday night that while heading back to the locker room after walking off the floor, Stoudemire punched the glass casing surrounding a fire extinguisher that was in a hallway of AmericanAirlines Arena. As a result to punching the glass casing, Stoudemire, would need medical assistance on his left hand according to the team.

The team wouldn’t comment any further regarding the severity or time table for the injury. However, Stoudemire would be seen leaving AmericanAirlines Arena with his hand in a sling and heavily bandaged.

His status for game three is uncertain, but a league source said that he’s “almost certain” that Stoudemire will miss both game three and the remainder of the series as well.

“How severe it is I don’t know. I’m trying to learn more about it. That’s it. Let’s talk about the game,” Knicks interim head coach, Mike Woodson said.

No MRIs or X-Rays have been taken though Stoudemire who did need stitches according to Knicks guard, J.R. Smith, will most likely undergo testing when the team arrives back in New York.

Game three is set to tip off on Thursday at 7:00 P.M. Eastern time, at Madison Square Garden.

“I just know he has a laceration and he is probably going to be out,” Knicks center, Tyson Chandler told reporters. “You can’t fault anybody because Amare is a good person that has high emotions at times. One quick decision-making mistake, and now you’ve got to deal with repercussions.’’

Though, with Stoudemire’s status still up in the air, Knicks forward, Carmelo Anthony is remaining positive as he told reporters that the series is far from over.

“The series is still up in the air. It’s their home court. It’s our turn now. We can’t wait to get back and protect home court. We’ve got to keep everybody positive. It’s far from over.”

As for Stoudemire, he wouldn’t comment to reporters after the game most likely due to his injury however, he would comment on twitter where he apologized.

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Metta World Peace Suspended

Will the suspension of Metta World Peace hurt the Lakers?

Coming just two days after the fiasco between Los Angeles Lakers forward, Metta World Peace and Oklahoma City Thunder guard, James Harden, the NBA has decided to suspended World Peace for seven games.

The two were involved in a one sided “fight” where World Peace after a dunk began celebrating and unintentionally, as he described it threw an elbow, which knocked Harden to the floor.

After the game, World Peace would address the media about his elbow play.

“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” World Peace told reporters. “I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden.”

World Peace would go onto add saying, “You know, it was such a great game and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time. … That’s it for today.”

Now, two days after throwing an unintentional elbow at Harden, World Peace said on his website (www.ronartest.com) in a statement responding to the seven game suspension, given to him by the NBA saying, “I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.”

As for Harden he would post on his twitter account saying that he felt good.

Though despite, Harden’s health being in a good state, NBA Commissioner, David Stern said in a statement that these types of issues need to be taken very seriously.

“The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” Stern said in a statement. “We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.”

As for the Lakers, they too accepted the seven game suspension as general manager, Mitch Kupchak too released a statement saying:

“Metta has for the most part been a model citizen both on and off the court since joining the Lakers. Still, his most recent lapse in judgment is not to be condoned or accepted. His actions could have seriously injured another player, and his absence during this suspension will hurt our team as well. While we accept the league’s decision, we will be supportive of Metta and try to help him be more professional on the court.”

In other news, as a result to the Los Angeles Clippers losing to the Atlanta Hawks, 109-102 the Lakers, will clinch the number three seed and will face either the Denver Nuggets or the Dallas Mavericks.

As for World Peace, his suspension will start Thursday against the Sacramento Kings in the Lakers season finale.

“It’s hard to get into a guy’s head and know exactly what happened in that situation,” Bryant told reporters. “I haven’t really spoken to him about it. You’ve really got to ask him.”

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Andrew Bynum Said That He Won’t Be Doing Any Pay Back Today However Two Other Lakers Players Will

Metta World Peace talking with head coach Mike Brown.

With about eight minutes left in the third quarter on Sunday’s annual NBA All-Star Game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant got a quick step on Miami Heat’s guard Dwyane Wade when Wade then who was trailing behind Bryant wrapped Bryant up and while doing that his arm swiped across the bridge of Bryant’s nose resulting in a broken nose as well as a concussion for Kobe Bryant.

Bryant wasn’t asked about the incident after the game however Wade was.

“I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

Many players, fans, and spectators saw the foul that Wade inflicted on Bryant as “un-called for,” “outrageous,” “never should’ve happened,” and other things along those lines.

Now after the game Wade also said that the foul on Bryant was completely un-intentional.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Though despite Wade saying that his foul on Bryant was un-intentional or not, many spectators and other people very close to the game have been saying that the Lakers players will respond.

“If they’re gonna let our star players continue to get beat up,” Lakers guard Matt Barnes said, referencing not just the Wade foul but the one delivered by Brendan Haywood to Pau Gasol Feb. 22 in Dallas,” we’re going to have to step up.”

Now what Barnes meant by his comment of “stepping up,” he didn’t make clear though, one could speculate what he meant by pretty much saying that they’re going to respond to Wade’s hard hit, with another hit right back.

Now the Lakers have history of stepping up to teams with hard blows for instance, game four of the NBA playoffs between the Dallas Mavericks and themselves when not only center Andrew Bynum delivered a hard elbow to Mavericks guard J.J. Barea who was coming down the lane but, forward Lamar Odom who delivered a hard hit to Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki as well.

So guard Matt Barnes who states Metta World Peace as the enforcer and he as Metta’s side kick, plan to take care of business for their team today against the Miami Heat however, center Andrew Bynum does not.

“I can’t do anything about [it],” Bynum said after the Lakers’ shoot-around on Saturday. “If I do anything, they’re going to definitely hit me [with punishment]. It sucks. It’s not good. It’s just unfortunate and something we got to deal with.”

The “they” that Bynum was referring to was the NBA’s league office who would for sure punish Bynum as this wouldn’t be his first nor second instance as he already suffered a four game suspension that was enforced at the beginning of the season for two incidents with Minnesota Timberwolves Michael Beasley and at the time Dallas Mavericks J.J. Barea.

“I got two (targets on me),” Bynum said. “I got Beasley, I got Barea and people blame me for the Gerald Wallace incident, but I didn’t do anything in that particular one.”

Though, that doesn’t mean that Bynum plans on backing down from the Heat today either.

“I still play hard. If I have to foul, I have to foul. That’s part of the game,” Bynum said. “I can’t do anything extra, obviously. No elbows. Nothing that looks crazy.”

Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC: Don’t miss it.

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Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade’s Hard Foul Puts Kobe Bryant As Questionable: Bryant “I Don’t Forget Anything”

Bryant grabbing his nose after receiving a hard foul from Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade.

With just under nine minuets to go in the 2012 NBA All Star game, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant received a pass from Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. Bryant was posting up Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade when he then spun and immediately  after receiving the pass and beat Wade taken him baseline to the hoop when Wade, who clearly got beat by Bryant then through his hands around Bryant’s face, which would result in a foul and a Bryant grabbing his face in pain.

Right away it was clear that Wade’s foul was a hard foul and completely unnecessary due to the fact that it was just an All Star game. After taking his hand off of his face the injury that Bryant suffered became very clear that it was some what serious as he was bleeding from his left nostril. Knowing this Bryant would make his way over to his bench to receive medical treatment to stop the bleeding. Remaining in the game however, after the bleeding was contained, Bryant would remain in the game make his two free throws and head back on defense.

Bryant would go onto finish the game out scoring nine more points, including a record breaking dunk which made him the new all time leading scorer in NBA All Star history.

As for Wade he would say this after the game, “I don’t know if anybody wants me to get down on my knees in front of the world and [apologize],” Wade said. “Like I said, I sent my apologies to Kobe, and I move on from it.”

After undergoing more tests after the game they would find out that it wasn’t just a bloody nose that Bryant suffered and in fact it was a fractured nose as well as a concussion that he suffered from Wade’s hard hit.

“He knows it’s no ill intent on me to do that,” Wade said. “Did I take a foul? Yes, I took a foul. So, talk about me for taking a foul. But I never wanted that kind of outcome.”

Well fast forwarding to Wednesday now, Bryant’s status for the Lakers first game back from the All Star break against the Minnesota Timberwolves is in question as the fractured nose isn’t a problem as Bryant has played through a fractured nose before when he was in high school just fine as that year he lead Lower Merion High School to a State Championship, however it was the concussion that he suffered that makes him questionable.

Now why is he questionable for Wednesday’s game tonight, when on Sunday when he first endured the concussion he remained in the game and finished it out? Well the reason is that due to league rules Bryant has to pass a series of tests before being cleared again and until being cleared he will not be able to play, no matter how bad he wants too.

Luckily for Bryant according to a team spokesman, Bryant has been concussion free since late Tuesday and has passed his first two tests, the first one, a neurological exam which is a baseline test for concussion management which they compare his results from a pre-season test that he had to his test results to his current one and if they match up well or better, then he passes, which he did.

The next test that Bryant passed was a stationary bike test and treadmill test while visiting with Dr. Vernon Williams, a board certified neurologist in Anaheim, California.

After passing that test, Bryant returned the Lakers practice facility where he would play a game of 2-on-2 which would be monitored by the Lakers staff. So if he passed that full contact basketball test and remains symptom free then he’ll be able to suit up and take on the Minnesota Timberwolves Wednesday night.

Now Bryant has yet to comment on all of this or comment about how he felt about Wade’s foul, though I’m sure that answer will come soon enough as the Lakers host Wade and the Heat this Sunday at 3:30 Eastern Time on ABC.

Like Bryant said back in 2010 after winning his fifth ring “You guys know how I am. I don’t forget anything.”

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The Sprite Slam Dunk Contest In Review: Rating Dunk By Dunk

A very less talented Dunk Contest to say the least.

Houston Rockets’ guard Chase Budinger, Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward and favorite, Derrick Williams, Indiana Pacers’ guard Paul George, and the replacement, taking New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert’s spot, Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans all took the floor Saturday night for the NBA’s annual Slam Dunk Contest. However the judges who always take the floor wouldn’t this time around as this years Dunk contest was all decided by the fans. But don’t worry we decided to review the dunks and give you, the fans a vote from 1 to 10.

Starting off with Chase Budinger’s dunk, coming out in a t-shirt and a snap back hat on and then telling singer P-Diddy to go underneath the basket where he would then throw a lob to Budinger who then dunked over him. Other than bringing out P-Diddy there was really no creativity to it as everyone’s seen someone dunk over someone.

Rating: 6

Prop Rating: 7

Next up was replacement Jeremy Evans who would do a reverse, self-lob dunk to himself. It was a very easy, non-creative dunk. However the unique thing about it was that he had a video camera attached to his headband which was eye level and it put the viewers “in his shoes.”

Rating: 5

Prop Rating: 10

Next up was Paul George who would dunk over teammate 7’2 Center Roy Hibbert and other teammate 6’7 Dahntay Jones. Clearing them both as well as jumping from a couple steps in from the free throw line gave the crowd the first “woah dunk” of the night.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 9

Following up George was Derrick Williams, the favorite who came right out in full force as he came out on the back of a motorcycle, which he then had the mascot park it in the middle of the paint. Williams then did a windmill over it ending it with a powerful slam. It was cool to see a motorcycle used however it was very similar to Blake Griffin’s dunk over the car last year, which was a lot harder.

Rating: 7

Prop Rating: 10

Evans rises over Hayward with two basketballs in hand.

To start off the second round Budinger then came out and did a windmill dunk. It wasn’t over anyone and it wasn’t from a far distance, in better words, it was Williams’ dunk just without the motorcycle.

Rating: 3

Prop Rating: 0

After not impressing fans with his first dunk that involved no props or fancy moves, Evans would come out and comeback strong as he brought teammate Gordon Hayward out with him. Unlike the others who used their prop to dunk over, Evans instead not only used Hayward as a human measuring bar, but used him for an alley hoop. An alley hoop that involved two basketballs. Yes, that’s right Evans caught two basketballs in the air, while jumping over Hayward who was in a raised bar stool/seat, and then dunked the basketballs that he caught at the same time.

Rating: 10

Prop Rating: 10

Following up Evans impressive dunk, George would cut the lights at the AMWAY arena as he was wearing a glow and the dark uniform. While cutting the lights George would then rise up do a 360 dunk. It was a great use of props as he cut the lights and had a glow and the dark uniform. However the only problem was that it was too dark to see.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 10

Putting the second round to rest, Williams would bring out teammate Ricky Rubio who would throw the ball off the side of the backboard, where Williams who was following him, would grab the pass in the air, then he would do a 360 finishing the dunk. It was a similar dunk to Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala’s dunk back in 2006, however he added a 360 and Ricky Rubio to it.

Rating: 8

Prop Rating: 7

Budinger whoops out the good old fashioned blind fold.

After not impressing anyone with his first two dunks, Budinger would bring out former dunk Champion of the 1992 All-Star game, Cedric Ceballos and re-iterate his “hocus pocus” dunk of 1992. After blind folding himself, Budinger after missing on his first attempt would dunk it on his second try, completing the hocus pocus in the Ceballos jersey. It was a great use of bringing out Ceballos and a great use of re-iterating the dunk on its 20th anniversary.

Rating: 9

Prop Rating: 10

Trying to top his second round dunk of the two ball slam, Evans would bring out comedian Kevin Hart who was dressed up as a mailwomen while Evans was wearing a Karl Malone jersey. Using Hart as a mailwomen due to Malone’s nickname the mailman, Evans would fly over Hart delivering the dunk and the “mail.” However, this was the third time in the contest where we saw someone jump over someone, so it wasn’t that creative.

Rating: 6

Prop Rating: 7

Making a tribute to his current boss, Larry Bird, George would do a reverse slam where he would place a sticker of Bird’s face on the backboard while in the air. While it was as impressive as Orlando’s Dwight Howard’s sticker dunk where he dunked on a 12’6 rim, George’s dunk was unique in its own way.

Rating: 5

Prop Rating: 6

Then to close out the dunk contest, Williams would try a off the backboard, through the legs dunk over and over again, ending with the same result; failure. After finally running out of time, he would throw the ball off the backboard, catching it and dunking it normally ending the Dunk Contest.

Rating: 3

Prop Rating: 0

Well now that the dunks are done and that the votes are in, let’s tally up the votes and see who our dunk champion and prop champion is.

Winning the prop champion was Utah Jazz’s, Jeremy Evans with a score of 27 out of 30. Following behind him would be Paul George, Derrick Williams and Chase Budinger who would tie for last with 17. Then for the Dunk Champion there would be a two tie for first and last as, Chase Budinger and Derrick Williams would finish last with 18 out of 30 and Jeremy Evans and Paul George would finish first with 21 out of 30. However the Sprite Slam Dunk Champion due to a higher prop rating is Jeremy Evans.

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Drama In Los Angeles: Back And Fourth, Mitch Kupchak vs. Kobe Bryant

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant poses with General Manger Mitch Kupchak.

Los Angeles is known for its great movie stars, dramas, comedies, and all of that however they’re not used to it taken place on the court. Now everyone knows the Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant drama that took place back in the early 2000’s. Where they won three championships together and then came the shocking downfall ending with the unbelievable divorce of the dynamic duo.

However, the drama died down in Los Angeles after that, at least for the most part. Now of course they still had the buzzer beaters, the close losses, the blowout wins, the blowout losses and all of those dramas, but the he said, she said dramas, they were gone.

Though don’t blink now as the drama of Hollywood and the Los Angeles Lakers is back.

Starting with the Chris Paul trade veto, everything went down hill from there. Lakers forward and sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, forward Pau Gasol remained in trade rumors, and the losses began to pile up.

Though no one really said anything one could sense that there was drama revolving the Lakers organization. However after losing to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, 102-90, Lakers guard Kobe Bryant called out Lakers management saying, “Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn’t have that,” Bryant said. “Pau, it’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Bryant would continue saying, “I talked to [Gasol] a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.”

Though Bryant wouldn’t get his wish of management saying if they were trading Gasol or not, he would infact get a response as Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak would say, “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

Then just as it appeared that it would stop there as management usually always had the last word, it wouldn’t as following a blowout, statement win on Monday night by the Los Angeles Lakers, as they won 103-92, Bryant would respond saying, “I said what I had to say…I’m done.”

When asked if he spoke with Lakers General Manager, Mitch Kupchak, Bryant replied “Next.”

“I think Pau feels a lot better,” said Bryant, after the 103-92 win over Portland. “He looks a lot better to me. It’s important to know that guys in the locker room support you, that guys are going to step up. That’s my role here. He [Gasol] can’t say that. He’s a nice guy. He would never, ever say anything to shuffle the deck, so to speak. But I would. I’ll say it for him.”

Though post game comments wasn’t all as the Lakers held a team meeting that was organized by both Bryant and Lakers guard Derek Fisher.

“Look, I’ve won championships with him, been in playoff battles with him, gotten swept with him, lost in the Finals with him,” Bryant said of Gasol. “I’m not just going to sit around and [watch him] be down in spirit and things like that. That’s not cool. We all love him. We all want to play with him — especially me.”

After addressing the issue of the Pau Gasol trade rumors on Sunday night, the Lakers who dominated the Portland Trailblazers on Monday night, looked like a whole new team, like the Lakers. Which made it clear that Bryant’s comments made a difference. So while to some this may look like a player making ignorant comments to his boss or a player making comments out of anger after a loss, in reality these comments may have just turned around their team’s season.

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