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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