Iverson attended practice Monday

Updated: March 2, 2004, 8:23 AM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- After fining Allen Iverson for the second time in his short tenure as interim coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, Chris Ford said Monday the matter is closed and both parties are ready to move on.

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Iverson did not attend the Sixers' 81-74 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday because of a stomach ailment on top of the bruised shoulder that's been plaguing him.

Ford said Iverson will be docked for failing to contact him directly.

One of the first things Ford did after replacing the fired Randy Ayers on Feb. 9 was made it clear to players that they must speak with him whenever a problem arises that could cause them to miss or be late for practice or the pregame shootaround.

One of Iverson's intermediaries called a member of the Sixers medical staff, but not Ford.

Last month, Iverson was fined for missing the team's first post-All-Star Game practice in Denver, claiming his chartered flight out of Los Angeles was delayed.

Ford also benched Iverson the first 7:21 of the Sixers' game with the Nuggets, infuriating the star guard, who vowed that any chance of them having a personal relationship was already finished.

But after meeting with Iverson prior to practice Monday, Ford said there will be no additional repercussions.

"I spoke to him this morning and everything is all right," Ford said.

He expects Iverson, who has missed the last four games because of his shoulder, to return to the lineup Wednesday in New York.

Iverson, who had no comment, practiced Monday.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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