Former Philadelphia 76ers point guard Allen Iverson was allegedly drunk during the infamous 2002 press conference in which he repeated the phrase “we’re talking about practice” 22 times, according to a recently published book.
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In “Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson,” Washington Post journalist Kent Babb discusses the legendary rant, as well as his interviews about it with then-coach Larry Brown, former GM Billy King and former team president Pat Croce. According to Babb, all three suspected Iverson had been drinking in the lead-up to the media event, which occurred just hours after the PG had an argument with Brown about his future in the parking lot of the 76ers practice facility. Iverson left the venue then returned shortly thereafter.
“I assumed he went and fooled around somewhere,” Brown told Babb in the book, adding a bottle-like gesture with his hand as he spoke.
Even the local media was aware something was off, Philadelphia Daily News columnist John Smallwood told Babb.
“He was lit,” Smallwood was quoted as saying. “If he had been sober, he would have been able to get himself out of that. He never would’ve gone down that path. Maybe you had to have been around him all the time to know the difference, but we all knew.”
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