The Detroit Pistons held a morning practice session on Thanksgiving. But he team's newest player, guard Allen Iverson, didn't show up. According to Detroit coach Michael Curry, part of the rationale for holding a Thanksgiving practice was to help Iverson get acclimated to his new team's system and to develop chemistry with his new teammates:
"Some things you have to do," Curry said, "to pay the price to get to where we need to be."
Detroit will fine Iverson, and he won't start when Detroit hosts Milwaukee Friday night.
Iverson's indifference to practice is nothing new. After missing a practice when he was playing for the 76'ers in 2002, Iverson famously told the Philly media that he didn't understand why skipping practice was a big deal:
"Practice? ... We talkin' about practice, man! Practice! ... It's about practice ... We talkin' about practice ... How da hell can I make my teammates better by practice!?!"
Perhaps another press conference in which Iverson wittily ponders the merits of practice is on the horizon.