When coach Michael Curry opted to have the Detroit Pistons practice on Thanksgiving, just about every player grumbled about it.
Still, all but one player showed up for Thursday morning's one-hour practice. The one no-show? You guessed it, Allen Iverson.
Curry made it clear that Iverson's absence would not go unpunished.
"He'll be fined, and he won't start (Friday against Milwaukee)," Curry said. "Whether he plays or not, we'll make that decision internally."
Because this is Iverson's first missed practice with Detroit, he is subject to a $2,500 fine in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the player's association.
When asked whether he had a chance to speak with Iverson, Curry responded, "I haven't talked to him. I was at practice today."
I mean, really? This is just ... ugh.
They'll be time to moralize later; I'm going to eat some more turkey.
Update: The high horse beckoned; my extended take is at das FanHaus:
In fact, I'll go so far as to say Iverson is the only reason this team needs to put in extra time on a holiday. By skipping practice, he's slapping his teammates in the face, telling them their time isn't worth his need for a few hours of extra sleep. There's no point for this team to practice without Iverson; he's the lone wild card since the rest of the roster spent hours upon hours and days upon days going through the same drills in training camp that they went through yet again this morning. Going through the motions without Iverson is pointless.
It's weird: I find this both hilarious and extremely distressing at the same time. (As for DBB reader Rob G's mad Photoshop skillz, though, those are 100% hilarious.)