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#1 Posted on 6.7.04 1348.51 Reposted on: 6.7.11 1349.56
I happened to find a transcript of AI's Practice Interview from May 2002. It's just as funny reading as it is listening to it.
I can't supply a link since I found this via Google and the site it was on is apparently dead right now so....
Time for the Answer to talk about... you guessed it... PRACTICE....
Iverson: 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 last 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.
Reporter: But [not going to practice is] an issue that your coach continues to raise?
Iverson: 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.
Reporter: Is it possible that if you practiced, not you, but you would make your teammates better?
Iverson: How in the hell can I make my teammates better by practicing?
Reporter: So they can be used to playing with you.
Iverson: They should be used to playing with me. Those are my teammates. So my game is going to deteriorate because I'm not practicing with my teammates? Is my game is going to get worse? I'm asking you, is my game going to get worse? So what about my game? Is my game going to get better because other players are hurt on my team, I mean, do that hurt me? Do you think that hurts me? I'm being honest, people are hurt on my team but do that hurt me? Does that hurt me when I go out there and play 48 minutes, does that hurt me as a player? Does that hurt me if this person is hurt or that person is hurt? Do it hurt me?