Yao Ming was the opening speaker Friday at the Basketball Hall of Fame inductions, and fittingly he set the bar very high with a killer punchline.
"When I heard that I would be the first speaker here tonight, I think that maybe somebody made a mistake," Yao said.
That line drew some laughs, but it was only part of his set-up.
"Don't laugh," Yao said, "because I think this spot belong to great Allen Iverson. You know why?"
"Because I need more practice than him."
Check out the video, including Iverson's reaction:
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Aside from Yao and Iverson, other Hall inductees this year include Shaquille O'Neal and Tom Izzo.