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Hurricanes coach channels former NBA star with 'practice' talk

Brind'Amour makes reference to Iverson rant on its 17th anniversary

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Brind'Amour channels Iverson

Brind'Amour channels Iverson 'talking about practice'

Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour gives an injury update with a nod to Allen Iverson on the 17th anniversary of his infamous "practice" rant

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Rod Brind'Amour, prior to becoming coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, spent nine of his 20 NHL seasons as a center with the Philadelphia Flyers. On Tuesday he channeled a different former star athlete from the city.

In response to a question about the status of Hurricanes forward Jordan Martinook, who is dealing with a lower-body injury, Brind'Amour responded, "I think he's going to be dealing with this for however long as we play. He's a trooper. I don't expect him to not play. But we're talking about practice."

If the "we're talking about practice" part sounds familiar, it's a line that was made famous by former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson, who punctuated a rant during a press conference with the phrase 17 years ago today -- May 7, 2002.

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Brind'Amour had been traded by the Flyers to the Hurricanes in 2000, but Iverson's memorable moment reached far beyond Philadelphia.

The Hurricanes play the Boston Bruins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final at TD Garden on Thursday (8 p.m.; NBCSN, SN, CBC, TVAS).

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