Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 8/22/13

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}onnqlWUERIc{/youtube} Payton said he and Iverson were having drinks one offseason when Iverson asked the veteran Payton how he stayed healthy throughout the season. Payton said he informed Iverson that it was because George Karl pretty much did not use him in practice. Payton had the coach's permission to sit out and miss practice time. Iverson took it one step farther and removed himself from practice. Larry Brown was sure to thank Payton for his veteran advice the next time the Sonics played the 76ers. And that is the story. {youtube}eGDBR2L5kzI{/youtube}

This article first appeared on Crossover Chronicles and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rougned Odor threw a cup of water into Felix Hernandez’s face on the field

Michael Irvin rips Texans for not trading for Tony Romo

Richard Sherman on trade talk: ‘I just laugh it off, man’

Grumpy writer complains about 'SI for Kids' reporter

Report: Archie Miller closing in on seven-year deal to coach Indiana

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Alex Rodriguez said he 'made an ass of' himself denying PED allegations

LaVar Ball finally got what he deserved

Adrian Peterson makes statement, says it is ‘not all about the money’

WATCH: Florida's Chiozza sends Wisconsin home on incredible buzzer-beater

LaVar Ball gets Crying Jordan, meme treatment after UCLA loss

Celtics upset Suns tried to pad Devin Booker’s stats

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

With Team USA's victory, World Baseball Classic (finally) lived up to its potential

The NFL distraction playbook

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Lingering issues for each 2016 MLB postseason team

Box Score 3/23: Team USA wins their first WBC title

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

The 'Once again, Barry Bonds is the best power hitter in San Francisco' quiz

The NFL distraction playbook

With Team USA's victory the WBC (finally) lived up to its potential

The Aesthetic: The world of player exclusive sneakers

Which Sweet 16 team should you be rooting for?

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Steph Curry pushes OKC's buttons

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker