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Not the game, we’re talking about practice.

NBA basketball player Allen Iverson once gave one of the best press conferences of all time. He missed practice due to an injury and, for some reason, it was an issue. Iverson was upset he was being criticized for missing practice as if he had missed an actual game.

Here’s an excerpt:

I mean, listen, we’re talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, we talking about practice. Not a game. Not, not … Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last. Not the game, but we’re talking about practice, man.

Allen Iverson

I couldn’t help thinking about that today as I settled into a sober living home after my first (genuine) rehab experience. Rehab was easy. It was easy to find someone to talk to about issues. It was easy to find a solution.

Rehab was merely practice.

Now I’m forced to actually apply what I learned. This isn’t practice. This is the game.

I can’t help feeling nervous. Is that guy on drugs? Why was he in the bathroom? Are his pupils small or is it the lighting? How come that other guy is being short with me? Does he think I’m a threat to him in some way? Why do I care so much about what he thinks? How will it be perceived if I just stay in my room and read? What happens if f I walk across the street and see someone I know?

I’m really in my head today.

I’m hoping tomorrow is a better day.

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