Allen Iverson had many memorable highlights during his NBA career, some remembered better, others are nearly forgotten.
One particular highlight that shouldn’t be counted as positive in Iverson’s career is his infamous “practice” rant during a 2002 press conference.
Now, according to a new Kent Babb’s book, “”Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson”, it seems like Iverson was intoxicated during that press conference, Yahoo Sports reported.
Babb said in an ESPN interview that several people, including Sixers’ president Pat Croce and the team’s coach Larry Brown had their suspicions about Iverson.
After his talk with Brown, Iverson left with a friend and returned later for the news conference. “I assumed he went and fooled around somewhere,” Brown said, tipping his hand up like a bottle, the author wrote in the book.
“Some were entertained, and others watched the train wreck unfold, knowing from experience that Iverson was drunk,” Babb wrote.
In particular, the Sixers president Pat Croce said at the time that he suspected Iverson was drunk.
While Iverson does not slur his speech and repeats the word “practice” some two-dozen times, a Philadelphia Daily News columnist also reportedly confirmed, “He was lit. … Maybe you had to have been around him all the time to know the difference, but we all knew.”
When Iverson was announcing his retirement in 2013, he recalled the mentioned moment.
“As far as how I expressed practice, practice, practice over and over again, I wouldn’t take that back,” Iverson told the media. “Obviously, that sound bite, it’s great for the media. The fans, they love that.”
Iverson, spent 14 seasons in the NBA, playing in 914 NBA games (901 started), and holds career average of 26.7 points per game, and 6.2 assists per game, with 41.1 minutes per game.
He scored a total of 24,368 career points. He was the winner of both the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year honors. He is an 11-time All-Star, and 4-time NBA scoring champion.
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