Local High School Star
Join Date: Jun 2006
Just because all players/coaches/GM's are swong to either secrecy or robo-talk, we deserve some frank, open insanity. So, for your review (and if you haven't read it before, take a few minutes to read it now) the AI "practice" transcript:
I bolded my favorite part...
Iverson: "It's starting right now, Michael let's go!"
Reporter: "Overall, Allen, tell up how the year ended for you as a team"?
Iverson: "We lost man. It ain't a whole bunch to that. Simple as that, we lost.
Reporter: "What did you talk about in coach Brown's office?"
Iverson: "Everything, you know, just me and him, you know, just let him know that I'm the pit bull in his yard and if anyone tries to intrude, I'll be the first one to bite and protect his home, you know, the same thing I've been saying from day one.
Reporter: "Were you upset about the comments he made publicly last Saturday?"
Iverson: "No question about it. That's what happens when you lose though, you know. When you lose, there is a whole bunch of room for negativity and I don't feed into this stuff and I do not do any talking. I don't run my mouth. If coach has any issues with me, I believe there are things that I can control, things that I can get a grip on but this is what happens when you lose, you know one year you go to the finals and the next year you're out in the first round. That's what happened, you know, everybody take shots at Allen Iverson. It's just unfortunate that I can't punch back."
Reporter: "Are you on the same page with Brown?"
Iverson: "Yeah we're one the same page. I don't have a problem with coach. I love Larry Brown. You people may not believe it or feel me when I say it but I do.
He's helped me do so much in my career, helped me be the player that I am. If there's no Larry Brown, then there's no MVP, Allen Iverson. He's done a lot for me as far as helping me on and off the court but I mean when you lose, this is the type of [expletive] that happens.
This is what goes on when you lose, you know. When you win everything is everything. But when you lose, it's all about Allen Iverson and Larry Brown. When we win, I know that I get the praise and Larry Brown gets the praise but when we lose it's on me and Larry Brown. That's something that I have to learn to accept and deal with.
Y'all wonder why I don't say that I'm the franchise player...I don't feel like I'm the franchise player because look as this press conference. I mean look at what we're talking about. That's why I say I'm not the franchise player. I feel like I'm the best player out here...the best player in the world. Franchise players don't go through this. Franchise player's daughters don't have to go to school and hear "is your daddy coming back?" What's going on with your daddy and Coach Brown and yadayada?
She's seven years old and that's what she has to deal with. It hurts because I know that I'm better than that. I do all I can for this city, this team, this franchise, and my teammates. I don't think nobody in the world plays harder than me. For me, going through this is tough. I'm tired you know, everybody in Philadelphia know, all y'all know that I want to be here. Ain't no secret. Everybody knows that I want to be a Sixer for the rest of my career. But I'm tired and I'm hurt too.
Reporter: "Could you clear about your practicing habits since we can't see you practice?"
Iverson: "If Coach tells you that I missed practice, then that's that. I may have missed one practice this year but if somebody says he missed one practice of all the practices this year, then that's enough to get a whole lot started. I told Coach Brown that you don't have to give the people of Philadelphia a reason to think about trading me or anything like that. If you trade somebody, you trade them to make the team better...simple as that. I'm cool with that. I'm all about that. The people in Philadelphia deserve to have a winner. It's simple as that. It goes further than that.
Reporter: "So you and coach Brown got caught up on Saturday about practice?"
Iverson: "If I can't practice, I can't practice. It is as simple as that. It ain't about that at all. It's easy to sum it up if you're just talking about practice. We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we're talking about practice. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we're talking about practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game last it's my last but we're talking about practice man. How silly is that?
Now I know that I'm supposed to lead by example and all that but I'm not shoving that aside like it don't mean anything. I know it's important, I honestly do but we're talking about practice. We're talking about practice man. (laughter from the media crowd) We're talking about practice. We're talking about practice. We're not talking about the game. We're talking about practice. When you come to the arena, and you see me play, you've seen me play right, you've seen me give everything I've got, but we're talking about practice right now. (more laughter)
Reporter: "But it's an issue that your coach continues to raise?"
Iverson: "Hey I hear you, it's funny to me to, hey it's strange to me too but we're talking about practice man, we're not even talking about the game, when it actually matters, we're talking about practice."
Reporter: "Is it possible that if you practiced, not you but you would make your teammates better?"
Iverson: "How in the hell can I make my teammates better by practicing?
Reporter: "So they can be used to playing with you."
Iverson: "They should be used to playing with me. Those are my teammates. So my game is going to deteriorate because I'm not practicing with my teammates? Is my game is going to get worse? I'm asking you, is my game going to get worse? So what about my game? Is my game going to get better because other players are hurt on my team, I mean, do that hurt me? Do you think that hurts me? I'm being honest, people are hurt on my team but do that hurt me? Does that hurt me when I go out there and play 48 minutes, does that hurt me as a player? Does that hurt me if this person is hurt or that person is hurt? Do it hurt me?
Reporter: "You don't need it as much as they do."
Iverson: "What do you mean by I don't need it as much?"
Reporter: "Because you're the superstar"
Iverson: "What do you mean I'm the superstar?"
Reporter: "Because you're better than they are. One of the best in the NBA."
Iverson: "So why are we talking about trade talk or there's a problem with me? No, I'm not obviously I'm not. You're contradicting yourself man. If I'm the superstar, then why is all this happening?" Why does my daughter have to deal with this? Why? I'm the franchise player. Why am I supposed to be having this meeting? Why am I talking to y'all about this?