WATCH: Little girl does Allen Iverson’s ‘practice’ rant

Allen Iverson’s “practice” rant is one of the best of all time, and a little girl’s spot-on impression made it even better. Basketball writer Steve McPherson devoted some time to teaching his daughter Iverson’s famous press conference, and the result was pure gold. Hopefully, she’s working on learning the entire almost two-minute version. H/t to Deadspin Thumbnail photo via Eric Hartline/USA TODAY Sports ImagesFiled under: Justin Leger, NBA, Top Stories

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Little Girl Recites Allen Iverson’s Press Conference About Practice

There’s an entire generation that is too young to remember Allen Iverson‘s famous press conference about practice.

Fortunately, people like Steve McPherson are doing their part to educate those sorely deprived souls. In the video above, McPherson helps his daughter Maggie recite Iverson’s press conference in adorable fashion.

Chalk this up as one of the greatest perks of parenting.

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Report: Wizards once again reached out to Ray Allen

Earlier this summer the Washington Wizards reportedly reached out to Ray Allen to see if he would be interested in joining his former teammate Paul Pierce in coming to Washington. While Allen continues to weigh his options on either returning to the NBA for his 19th season or settling for retirement, J. Michael of CSNWashington.com reports the Wizards have reached out once again to Allen.
The Wizards have reached out to Ray Allen — again — in hopes of convincing the 39-year-old, if he decides to play rather than retire, to come to D.C., CSNwashington.com confirmed via multiple persons with knowledge of the situation Friday. 
The Wizards are looking for depth at the shooting guard position, as well as replacing the offensive production from three-point range lost by the departure of Trevor Ariza to the Houston Rockets. Pierce fills the hole some with his range, but Allen’s ability to run the floor makes him another suitable option for the Wizards’ offensive scheme. Can you imagine …

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Missouri freshmen Gant, Allen suspended

Missouri freshman Gant, Allen suspended after arrest

      
 

 

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Missouri freshmen Gant, Allen suspended (Yahoo Sports)

New Missouri men's basketball coach Kim Anderson answers questions from the media after he was introduced at an NCAA college basketball news conference in the Reynolds Alumni Center on Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Columbia, Mo. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri freshmen basketball players Jakeenan Gant and D’Angelo Allen have been suspended after getting arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor third-degree assault.


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Ray Allen Won’t Find Better Fit Than the Chicago Bulls

The list of teams registering interest in legendary free agent Ray Allen isn’t getting any shorter. To the contrary, contenders in both conferences have been linked to the 39-year-old throughout the summer, and the most recent suitor may be the most logical of all.

ESPNChicago.com’s Nick Friedell reports, “The Chicago Bulls have touched base with the representatives of veteran shooting guard Ray Allen, a league source confirmed Monday.”

Previously, Bulls.com’s Sam Smith noted, “The Bulls are believed to be among almost a dozen teams to have contacted Allen and his representatives. In fact, it would be a surprise if just about every team other than the non-competitive 76ers have not contacted Allen.”

While the two-time champion has several strong options in the offing, it’s hard to argue any of them makes more sense than Chicago.

Even better, this is hardly a pipe-dream for the Bulls. They have a ready-made recruiter with previous ties to Allen.

Another key selling point for the Bulls is Allen’s relationship with coach Tom Thibodeau,” Friedell adds. “Allen won a championship with the Boston Celtics in 2008 while Thibodeau was an assistant on Doc Rivers’ staff.”

The working assumption has been that Allen would follow former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but not so fast.

“There’s so much speculation about me going to Cleveland,” Allen told the Boston Herald‘s Mark Murphy in August. “I haven’t even decided where I will play. Obviously LeBron and I are great friends, and James Jones and I are really close. But at no point have those two tried to push me in that direction. I haven’t had that conversation.”

Indeed, Allen hasn’t even decided if he’s going to play another season.

“I’m not in any rush [to make a decision],” Allen explained in August, per the Hartford Courant‘s Dom Amore. “I’ve played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I’m content with everything that I’ve done. I just want to take this summer and see how it goes.”

Assuming Allen returns for another season, Bulls general manager Gar Forman’s task becomes convincing him that Chicago is his best opportunity to meaningfully contribute to a title. That sales pitch isn’t entirely self-evident, especially with the much-improved Cavaliers lurking.

And for the record, others are reportedly in hot pursuit.

According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, “Sources told ESPN.com this week that the [San Antonio] Spurs and [Los Angeles] Clippers have emerged as two more rivals for the Cavaliers to worry about as Cleveland continues to try to lure Allen away from the Miami Heat.”

The Dallas Mavericks, sources say, are yet another top Western Conference team to register interest in Allen this summer and there are believed to be more teams chasing him that have yet to be identified,” adds Stein.

CSNWashington.com’s J. Michael subsequently indicated that the Washington Wizards were also in the mix.

Connections to Allen abound among his would-be teams. The Clippers are coached by Rivers, who led Allen to his first championship with the Celtics in 2008. This summer, the Wizards signed Paul Pierce, who teamed with Allen in each of his five seasons with Boston. The Spurs faced Allen in each of the last two NBA Finals. 

But the Bulls can offer more than a reunion with the well-respected Thibodeau.

They can simultaneously guarantee both legitimate title chances and robust playing time in the pursuit thereof. Few teams have greater need for a shooting guard who can, well, shoot.

Allen would have to split time with J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford in Los Angeles. He’d vie for minutes with Danny Green and Manu Ginobili in San Antonio. The Cavaliers and Wizards boast emerging young shooting guards like Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal, respectively.

The Bulls are prepared to again start swingman Jimmy Butler at the 2 spot, but that in no way precludes an important role for Allen. For one thing, Butler’s big enough to spend some time at small forward. For another, Chicago is in no position to pass on one of the league’s most iconic perimeter shooters.

Butler made just 28.3 percent of his 3.6 three-point attempts per game last season, marring an otherwise standout season in which the 24-year-old averaged an impressive 38.7 minutes per contest.

Regardless of the shape Chicago’s opening-day roster takes, Butler figures to remain an integral component of Thibodeau‘s rotation. He’s the team’s best perimeter defender and could very well improve his long-range stroke with some additional polish.

That said, the Bulls still have an imminent need for someone who can space the floor and open some lanes for Derrick Rose and his penchant for slashing to the rim.

Allen averaged 9.6 points in just 26.5 minutes per contest last season, his second with Miami. While the 10-time All-Star has adjusted to a more limited role, he still made 37.5 percent of his three-point attempts in 2013-14 and proved he remains one of the league’s premier perimeter specialists.

That wouldn’t translate into 35 minutes per game with the Bulls, but it would assure Allen a prominent niche on par with the one he occupied in Miami.

By now, the 18-year veteran’s interests almost certainly have more to do with legacy than fortune. According to Hoopshype.com, his career NBA earnings have already totaled $184,356,410—and that’s not accounting for endorsements or other income.

To be sure, Allen’s legacy doesn’t need much help. He already ranks 21st on the league’s all-time scoring list and leads the league in made three-pointers by a long shot (with 2,973). A third championship might hammer the point home, but it’s not as though Allen’s winning credentials are in any jeopardy.

To the contrary, it’s his history of success, leadership and pedigree that make him such a desirable commodity in the current marketplace.

The shooting ability certainly doesn’t hurt—especially in its most clutch manifestations—but the intangibles go a long way toward separating Allen from legions of competent marksmen. 

And those intangibles would also go a long way toward keeping the Chicago Bulls in a title conversation they’re eager to join.

It may be hard to envision Allen joining the club best-suited to challenge LeBron’s Cavaliers, but it’s even harder to deny the Bulls are a tailor-made fit—one that could justify delaying that retirement decision for one more year.

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Report: Chicago Bulls Making Push For Free Agent Ray Allen

Ray Allen is still undecided on his playing future, but the Chicago Bulls are trying their best to convince the sharp shooter to play in the Windy City.
ESPN Chicago reported Monday that the Bulls reached out to Allen’s representatives and are one of a handful teams interested in the two-time champion.
The Bulls revamped their roster this summer by adding Pau Gasol and Aaron Brooks and are hoping Derrick Rose plays in his first relatively full and healthy season since 2010-11.
The team hopes that head coach Tom Thibodeau’s relationship with the 3-point shooter from their days in Boston will be a key selling point.
Allen has not publicly announced a decision to play this season, but privately he reportedly says he wants to return to play for a contender.
Because the Bulls have already used their mid-level exception, they can only use a minimum salary exception to sign Allen.
The Miami Heat have also expressed interest in Allen.
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Bulls Have Contacted Ray Allen

The Chicago Bulls are believed to be among almost a dozen NBA teams to have contacted Ray Allen and his representatives.
The Bulls are likely the only significant contender pursuing Allen who do not have a true starting shooting guard.
Jimmy Butler is slated to start at shooting guard but can play small forward, which would move Mike Dunleavy Jr. to a reserve scoring role where he may be better suited.
Allen was coached by Tom Thibodeau with the Boston Celtics.

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Ray Allen reportedly in ‘no rush’ in deciding on future

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Where’s the Best Free-Agent Destination for Ray Allen to Finish His NBA Career?

NBA careers, even those that reached legendary heights, don’t always offer soft landings.

Well-decorated sharpshooter Ray Allen could be one of the fortunate few to have control over his conclusion.

The 39-year-old hasn’t officially announced his intention for what would be his 19th season in the league. Earlier this summer, he sounded ready to walk away for good.

“I’ve played 18 years, and the way I look at my career, I’m content with everything that I’ve done,” Allen said, via Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant. “… To continue playing, really, the only argument is I can because I’m in great shape. But just because you can doesn’t mean you have to.”

Then again, just wanting to might be reason enough to sign off on another round of fabled preparations and more crunch-time miracles.

A source told ESPN The Magazine‘s Chris Broussard that Allen has informed those close to him of his plans to play in 2014-15. While the sniper himself has kept quiet on his plans, the closer this campaign comes to tipping off, the harder it may be for him to hang them up.

Especially with nearly every championship contender saving him a spot. Each has something a little different to offer, but the best landing spots can sell him on opportunity, familiarity, usage and, of course, realistic title hopes.

With his decision potentially made on playing another season, these five teams should be in the strongest position to bring him on board.

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