Originally written on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 10/24/14
Reports started coming out Wednesday that Allen Iverson would officially retire from professional basketball, having not caught on with an NBA team for the last three years. And so, the odes to one of the best players of his generation have begun with the endless highlight tapes of his scoring prowess, killer crossover and dogged determination have become playing. I cannot even write a sentence about him without soaring platitudes. Iverson was a player with many faults and he has a championship-sized gap in his resume. What many will remember Iverson for was a memorable press conference when he was accused of sitting out practice. He then uttered the most famous words in press conference history: "We're talking about practice. Not a game. Not a game. But practice." Where would he get such an idea? Gary Payton claimed on Fox Sports 1's Fox Sports Live that he may have inadvertently given Iverson the idea to challenge normal practice rules. {youtube}onnqlWUER...
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