21 years ago, the PHILADELPHIA 76ERS made Mr. ALLEN The ANSWER EZAIL IVERSON was the #1 OVERALL PICK of the 1996 NBA DRAFT!!!
About 6 years later in May 2002, we watched, listened, and; learned how AI3 felt about Head Coach LARRY BROWN and showing up for PRACTICE,
15 years later, we are STILL talking about the NAISMITH MEMORIAL BASKETBALL HALL Of FAMER and PRACTICE.
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED reports it was 15 years ago—May 7, 2002— that Allen Iverson gave us arguably the most famous press conference of all time, dropping the word 'practice' 22 times and giving the sports world a sound bite that would be repeated for decades to come. And all these years later, the rant remains ubiquitous in society—from rap songs to shoe commercials to a judge's federal decision(!?), there's been no shortage of shout outs to Iverson's (hilarious, though widely misunderstood) missive. In honor of its anniversary, here's a look at a timeline of the cultural references to it through the years, from Eminem to LeBron and all the way back to A.I. himself.