Top 10 Athletes That Hate Practice

Practice and training are burdens that almost every athlete must deal with on a daily basis. The physical stress that these sessions take on players is extraordinary, especially when combined with the toll that actually playing in games can take on an athlete. Many athletes simply accept practice as one of the necessary requirements of being a professional, but others choose to voice their displeasure or make it known in other ways. Some of them have developed cult followings as a result of their views on practice.

Staying in shape and training are routine requirements that are expected of almost every athlete, however, there are always exceptions to those rules. In some cases, training can actually have a negative effect on athletes and increase the risk for injury. In other cases, athletes simply do not want to participate and view it as a waste of their time and energy. Coaches have approached these situations in various ways, sometimes making exceptions for superstar players, or enforcing strict punishment as a result of an athlete’s actions.

The immortal fictional athlete, Kenny Powers once said, “I play real sports, not trying to be the best at exercising.” His quote was inspired by athletes that found themselves weighed down by the excessive demands of training and practice. This offers some insight into the life of a professional athlete, who must compete, often in a highly specialized role, but can be required to practice beyond their current level of health or fitness. Their distaste for training has not stopped them from achieving greatness on the field of play, in some cases it has even enhanced their mystique.

10 Cary Williams – Football

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9 Wayne Rooney – Soccer

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8 Michael Huff – Football

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7 Chris Andersen – Basketball


6 Ledley King – Soccer


5 Andrew Bynum – Basketball

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4 Diego Costa – Soccer

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3 Randy Moss – Football

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2 Usain Bolt – Track & Field

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1 Allen Iverson – Basketball

The king of anti-practice rants and malcontent athletes, Allen Iverson is a legend for many reasons. At only 6’0’,’ he was considered undersized for a professional basketball player and his slashing physical style took an extraordinary toll on him throughout his career. After missing several practices under head coach Larry Brown, Iverson’s epic practice rant had media members in the press conference laughing. The rant has since been auto-tuned into music, edited into an inspirational short film, and emulated by many. Despite his distaste for practice, Iverson played the game with an intensity that was almost unmatched during his tenure in the NBA.

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Top 10 Athletes That Hate Practice