On May 7th, 2002 Allen Iverson delivered on of the best press conferences of all time when he was questioned about practicing.
“If Coach tells you that I missed practice, then that’s that. I may have missed one practice this year but if somebody says he missed one practice of all the practices this year, then that’s enough to get a whole lot started. I told Coach Brown that you don’t have to give the people of Philadelphia a reason to think about trading me or anything like that. If you trade somebody, you trade them to make the team better…simple as that. I’m cool with that. I’m all about that. The people in Philadelphia deserve to have a winner. It’s simple as that. It goes further than that … If I can’t practice, I can’t practice. It is as simple as that. It ain’t about that at all. It’s easy to sum it up if you’re just talking about practice. 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 … How the hell can I make my teammates better by practicing?”
Reebok decided to make a commercial off of the Allen Iverson Practice press conference.
When being introduced to the Detroit Pistons from the trade that sent Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets, Pistons President Joe Dumars interrupted with “even practice” when AI said he would do what it takes to win.
DJ Steve Porter made a remix of the Allen Iverson Practice press conference and included a couple other classic post game conferences including the Jim Mora Playoff Rant, Dennis Green, Joe Namath trying to kiss Suzy Kolber, Mike Gundy, and Terrell Owens. It actually sounds pretty good. It would be hilarious to hear this being played at a club. He called the remix “Press Hop.”
The classic Allen Iverson Practice video with a counter. He says the word practice 24.5 times. Did you know he says the word “game” 7 times?