Remember Allen Iverson's infamous "Practice?!" press conference? Of course you do. We still hit YouTube to watch it and laugh our asses off whenever we need a good pick-me-up in the middle of a work day.
But, as it turns out, that press conference almost cost someone their job. That "someone"? Former 76ers general manager Billy King, who couldn't believe that that was the way that AI decided to handle himself at a time when the Sixers really needed him to step up and be a leader back in 2002.
"Larry Brown had said he couldn't coach Allen anymore," King, who now serves as the GM for the Brooklyn Nets, told The New York Times recently. "Allen said he couldn't play for Larry. So, they had a meeting to clear the air. After the meeting, I thought, 'Let's do a press conference so that everybody knows they're on one page.' We did the press conference, and it becomes legendary. You can go online. Everybody imitates it…I called [then-76ers owner] Ed Snider and resigned because I said, 'This is a disaster.' Later, Ed said, 'You're not resigning.' I went to the Palm, had some scotch, and I'm thinking, 'Both of these guys are making a lot more money than I am, they're in a good situation, and this is what I'm dealing with.'"
That's pretty crazy. Then again, would you expect anything else from a volatile situation involving AI?
[via Ball Don't Lie]