Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/20/14
6a00d83451af4b69e201310f53e44a970c-800wi
Word surfaced Wednesday that Allen Iverson, who hasn’t played in the NBA since 2010, plans to officially announce his retirement within the next few days. This has prompted several media outlets to take a look back at the career of the explosive point guard, with the majority of the discussions somehow leading back to his legendary “We talkin’ ’bout practice” rant. The topic of Iverson’s press conference, which went viral in the days before YouTube, was raised on Fox Sports Live late Wednesday night, and Fox Sports 1 panelist — and Iverson contemporary – Gary Payton shared some interesting inside information. According to Payton, the two of them were out enjoying a few beverages when Iverson asked him how he does such a good job of maintaining his health. Payton answered that his coach in Seattle, George Karl, never forced him to practice, which allowed him to stay fresh. He suggested Iverson do the same. That doesn’t mean Payton endorsed Iverson’s now-famous podium remarks, though. “‘Oh, no. Not this,’” he said when asked what his reaction to the press conference was. “‘Don’t say it like that, Allen! Don’t do like that.’ But he said it, and I said, ‘No, that was not our conversation.’” Hear The Glove tell the story for himself in the video below (skip to the 2:23 mark). Photo of the night This is an accurate depiction of the Patriots’ third preseason game. Tweet of the night In case you missed it: Hi. I'm Batman.— Ben Affleck Batman (@AffleckBatman) August 23, 2013 Video of the night Hovercrafts and office golf. That’s what Bubba Watson does. Filed under: NBA, Sylvania Spotlight, Top Stories, YouTube, Zack Cox
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

2014 World Series: Game Three live blog

Memorabilia dealer at center of Todd Gurley scandal fired

Colt McCoy on learning he was starting ‘it’s about f—ing time’

Four Questions for Game 3 of the World Series

Percy Harvin not planning on changing

Ricky Williams: People are let down when I turn down weed

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

Randall Cobb: Contract situation played role in slow start

Notre Dame WR faces discipline if he hooked up with porn star?

PGA president calls Ian Poulter ‘lil girl’ for Nick Faldo comments

Belichick declines to address Revis' reported tardiness

Texas mayor delays Halloween for Friday night football game

8 NFL records that won’t be broken for a long time

Big trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks, possibly more

Blazers, Seahawks owner Paul Allen gives $100M to fight ebola

'FIFA 15' glitch turns goalie into headless giant with no arms

WATCH: HBO releases trailer of 'The Offseason: Kevin Durant'

Broncos corner snags INT, then takes pregnant wife to hospital

Gurley dressed up as a pirate for Halloween, yelled, 'Free me'

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Nick Saban pens touching letter after high school coach dies

NBA Replay Center readies for its debut on Opening Night

WATCH: Former NBAer delivers vicious flying elbow Down Under

RNS looking to add agents with existing client rosters

Marlins 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!

Trouble for Bruins: Chara out 4-6 weeks

Joe Maddon opts out of contract with Rays

NBA Replay Center debuts next week

World Series win = Giants dynasty?

Reliving the worst college football game of the last 10 years

NFL teams facing must-win scenarios in Week 8

What the return of Luis Suarez means for Barcelona

Programs with a lot on the line this week

Wilson denies rumored Harvin rift

Lakers: Steve Nash out for season

Is Mack Brown SMU's best option?

Are sports leagues finally getting serious about domestic violence?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.