Who’s responsible for Iverson’s “Practice” Rant?

Players in this post:
Gary Payton Allen Iverson George Karl

While basketball fans wait for Allen Iverson’s official announcement about retiring from the NBA, every blog, site and sports channel has been reflecting on Iverson’s career and showing the same 5-10 videos including his infamous one.

11 years after the infamous “Practice” event, Gary Payton told FoxSports a few stories about Iverson, including how he might be responsible for the “practice” rant.

We were out somewhere on a summer and we were all out having a good time. We had a little bit too many and he asked me ‘How do you keep your body in so good of a shape and don’t get hurt and stay always on the court?’ I just told him for real, my coach George Karl didn’t let me practice. So that was it, I said You have to stop practicing.

He then said after he watched the press conference his reaction was,

 Don’t say it like that, Allen! Don’t do it like that!

I think that’s what Payton used to say when trying to guard Iverson his first few times – here is a 41 point game from the Answer vs The Glove in 2000.

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