Kyle Korver Shares Hilarious Allen Iverson Story From His Rookie Season


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By now, hoops fans the world over have heard Allen Iverson's famed rant about practice.

But here it is again anyway, just because it's too good.

Considering Iverson's relationship to practicing, it's not surprising that this isn't the only documented instance of his railing on working on the craft of basketball in between games.

Sharpshooter Kyle Korver recently joined his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson on their podcast—the same one on which Kyrie Irving revealed his cringeworthy thoughts on the shape of planet Earth—to tell a story about one such rant from Iverson during Korver's rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers.

And in sharing the tale, he also offered up his own Iverson impression:

For All-Star break, Coach (Chris) Ford was like, "If you’re not back for practice at a certain time, you’re not gonna start the next game." He was really talking to A.I., the rest of us were gonna be there. A.I. just didn’t come at all. The next game was our game in Denver, and coach Ford was just like, "You’re not gonna start," and he was like, "I’m not gonna play," and he was like, "OK" …

So we’re in this gym, he comes up to do his interview, so I’m behind him pretending like I’m shooting baskets because I want to hear everything that he’s saying. I’m shooting like two-foot shots just working on my form so I can hear him. He’s like, "I don’t know no former eight-time scoring champ that come off the bench. I don’t know no former 10-time All-Star that come off the bench. I don’t know no former MVP that come off the bench. I don’t know no former Olympian that come off the bench."

And this dude read off his whole resume right off. "Why is it always Allen Iverson’s fault?" I was like, "This is amazing!" And it got no love. It wasn’t picked up on SportsCenter or anything. I was like this is the best interview I have ever heard in my whole life.

Here's the interview in question.

Listen to the podcast episode—complete with Korver's Iverson impression—here (about 26 minutes in).