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Differences in communication at issue

Updated: February 18, 2004, 1:29 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson was benched for the start of Tuesday night's game against the Denver Nuggets after missing practice a day earlier, coach Chris Ford said.

Iverson, the 76ers' only representative in Sunday's All-Star game in Los Angeles, failed to appear for Monday's practice at the Denver Athletic Club.

Iverson had contacted Allen Lumpkin, the team's director of travel and team services, to tell him he wouldn't be able to make it to practice. ...

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