Retired Philadelphia 76ers point guard and former 2001 NBA MVP Allen Iverson's famous practice rant has been played over and over ever since it aired back in May 2002.
Author Kent Babb, writer of Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson writes in his book that the pint-sized soon to be Hall of Famer was intoxicated during his infamous practice press conference.
Babb's in a statement to 94WIP Innes And Bruno Show states in reference to Iverson's Showtime documentary and his book states,
“I thought it really kind of praises what he did on the court and that’s awesome, but that’s been a long time ago and things have really gone downhill for him since. I was really upset it didn’t tackle, what I thought was one of the hard issues is—he’s blown so much money. I mean so much money! His marriage had fallen apart, some really bad things had happened, and it didn’t really get into that.”
This didn't sit well with Iverson and his camp and he reached out to First Take's co-host and former Philadelphia Inquirer Journalist Stephen A. Smith to shed some light on the subject.
"He'll tell you, if anybody knows if and when he's drunk it's me." Smith states. "I can tell you for a fact the man was not drunk."
The book, Not a Game: The Incredible Rise and Unthinkable Fall of Allen Iverson was release on June 2nd and can be purchased on Amazon.
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