‘The Answer’ Finally Ready to Call it a Career

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“We sittin’ in here, I suppose to be the franchise player, we in here talkin’ about practice. I mean listen, we talkin’ about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game…WE TALKIN’ ABOUT PRACTICE.” -Allen Iverson, 2002

Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com.

Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com.

That particular line has lived on in Philadelphia sports lore for the last 11 years and at the time no one expected a typical end of the year press conference to produce a line that still to this day is used by a number of people.

That was the power that Allen Iverson had. He took the ordinary and made it unforgettable. On that day he showed it at the podium, but he displayed that same skill on the basketball court every night.

On October 30th, the Sixers will take on the Miami Heat in their season opener. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that on that night, Allen Iverson will officially announce his retirement from the NBA. Iverson, 38, has not played in the NBA in 3 years and the former MVP seems ready to come to grips with the fact that he never will again.

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NBA Finals Preview: Heat vs Thunder

Here it is. We are roughly 35 hours away from the opening tip of the NBA Finals in Oklahoma City. This series is deuces wild as the number two seeds, from each conference, have ascended to the top. The Eastern Conference’s top seed, the Chicago Bulls, fell to the 76ers in the first round, while the West’s top seed, the San Antonio Spurs, gave up a 2-0 series lead to the Thunder in the conference finals.

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No More Flopping? NBA Commissioner Stern Makes A Case

Indiana Head Coach Frank Vogel was given a $15,000 fine for comments he made about the Heat flopping.

It seems like every NBA star today wants to be a star away from the court as well. They make cameos in movies, star in reality shows, come out with albums and appear to be in the public eye more during the off-season than in season. We see an influx in players leaving smaller market cities for more media friendly cities, like New York and L.A., all in an attempt to grow their brand. It appears that some would like to pursue careers in acting and have decided to practice during their NBA games. Commissioner Stern doesn’t seem to be enjoying the show and would like to put an end to flopping.

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NBA Christmas Game by Game Predictions

NBA fans are already well aware of one of the gifts they are receiving tomorrow and that is the gift of NBA basketball. The league will open a shortened 66 game season on Christmas Day with a slate of five matchups including a rematch of the NBA Finals.

Since NBA fans already know what they’re getting on Christmas, this should not spoil the surprise too much. Here is a game by game prediction of what will unfold in the NBA on Christmas Day. Enjoy.

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