Evidently, just being in the Motor City doesn't make Allen Iverson's engine go anymore than usual. The star point guard, who was recently traded to Detroit for Chauncey Billups in a blockbuster deal, reportedly went back to his old ways, skipping Thursday's practice. Iverson was the only player that failed to show for the Thanksgiving day workout, meaning once again, we're left to talk about practice.
Allen Iverson's character has been judged continually throughout his career. He's clashed with teammates and coaches alike, as well as the media. The former NBA MVP has put up stellar numbers his entire career, but it's his character that seems to define his career as a professional.
Perhaps Iverson's most infamous incident came off the court during a 2002 press conference when the media questioned the franchise player about his coach Larry Brown's allegations that he rarely showed up for practice, and pointing fingers at Iverson for the 76er's playoff loss. Iverson responded with the phrase "We're talkin' 'bout practice..." multiple times, and said the word "practice" at least twenty-five times during the one press conference.
It was confirmed from Piston's head coach Michael Curry that Iverson will be duly punished for missing this Thursday's practice. He will reportedly be fined in addition to having his starting position taken away in Friday's game against Milwaukee. Coach Curry was even considering sitting his star out the entire game.
Being Iverson is thirty-three years old and in the final year of his contract, the Pistons could easily part ways with the point guard at the season's end if his character over shadowed his play. However, if he continues to produce stats that fill up the box score and give the Pistons a chance to win, they may decide to keep him. For now, all that is certain is once again, "We're talkin' 'bout practice..."