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NBA notes: Iverson jokes about 'practice'

Allen Iverson spoke at length about the ways he's grown as a person and a player, saying he's willing to make sacrifices to complete his career with a championship as a Detroit Piston.

The former NBA MVP then set himself up Tuesday for an exchange that showed he's mature enough to be the butt of the joke.

“One thing is for sure, I'm going to do whatever the coach wants me to do,” Iverson said.

“Even practice?” Joe Dumars asked, mockingly.

“PRACTICE?!” Iverson replied with a sparkling smile, using the word he spoke over and over in Philadelphia in 2002.

Associated Press

Elsewhere

DENVER:Chauncey Billups isn't likely to make his Nuggets debut tonight at Golden State.

The Nuggets said Billups didn't have enough time to get to the Bay Area. He was in Charlotte with the Pistons when the deal took place.

Denver acquired Billups, a point guard and Denver native, along with Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb from Detroit on Monday in exchange for Iverson.

Billups will likely play in his first game for the Nuggets on Friday when they host Dallas.

OKLAHOMA CITY: The Thunder signed 7-foot center Steven Hill to fill out the roster.

He played in three preseason games for Portland and was among the Trail Blazers' final cuts.

His signing comes a day after the Thunder waived guard John Lucas III.

PHOENIX: Swingman Alando Tucker had arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to miss about four weeks.

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