PRACTICE is short, but it hits hard. The film follows a kid and his basketball as he travels across the city, splicing in highlight footage of Michael Jordan shooting three pointers as the kid steps onto the subway. There’s a voice-over by Allen Iverson, a monologue where he repeats the word “practice” over and over. It stings. After a few blocks, the kid reaches his destination at a specific basketball court.
The kid is determined, even while the monologue in the background discourages the idea of practice, like a devil on his shoulder. NBA star Allen Iverson famously criticized the importance of practice in a press conference once. It’s a meaningful choice of words by director Fantavious Fritz, because Iverson never won a championship. Jordan did, though.