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Skipping Practice (3 of 8)
Series: Growing Strong
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Allen Iverson was one of the great, great basketball players to ever play in the NBA. He was an 11-time NBA All Star. He played most of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers. That's where he really shined. Not a very big guy. Allen Iverson, if you know anything about basketball, you know he's not very tall. He was a point guard, shooting guard, 6' tall, 165 pounds, but had an amazing jump. He was quick as a cat. He could shoot. He could drive. He could score. He could play defense. He was something else. But as good as Allen Iverson was, there's something that he is really remembered for in sports. It happened to be an interview that he did in May of 2002. There was an issue concerning his missing practice. And he was asked in a press conference about practice and this is what he said:
"We just talk about practice, we're sitting in here, I am supposed to be a franchise player and we're in here talking about practice. I mean, listen we're talking about practice not a game, not a game, not a game, we're talking about practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it was my last, not the game - we're talking about practice! I mean how silly is that? We're talking about practice. I know I am supposed to be there, I know I am supposed to lead by example, I know that and I am not shoving it aside, you know like it doesn't mean anything. I know it's important, I do, I honestly do but we're talking about practice, man! What are we talking about practice? We're talking about practice man! We're talking about practice! We're talking about practice! We're not talking about the game we're talking about practice man."
We're here today to talk about practice, skipping practice. Now we're in a series about growing strong. And we want to grow strong in our relationship with the Lord, and grow strong in love, and strong in faith, and strong in our commitm ...
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