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Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:19 pm
 
Allen Iverson tweeted Monday that he hopes to return to his Turkish team in time for the playoffs at the end of March. But according to a statement from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, that could be an optimistic assessment.

Andrews said Tuesday that Iverson requires "prolonged rest" totaling at least 6-8 weeks, along with an injection to treat a calcium deposit in his calf. The mass is in a "very precarious spot" because it is pressuring the main nerve and artery that go down the leg, Andrews said.

"He actually tried to tough it out and continue to play while over in Turkey," Andrews said in a statement released by Iverson's manager, Gary Moore. "However, he got to the point where he could not really run up and down the court because of increased pain. Unfortunately, he did not do himself any good trying to play through his pain."

Iverson, 35, will be evaluated on a bi-weekly basis and will not be able to return to the court for Besiktas for "six to eight weeks or more," Andrews said. After that, Andrews said he expects a "full recovery." Iverson will spend the next few weeks rehabbing in Atlanta.

Iverson signed a two-year, $4 million deal with Besiktas in November after a 14-year NBA career that included 11 All-Star appearances, two All-Star MVPs and a league MVP award. Moore said once Iverson recovers, he expects to return to Turkey for the playoffs and then will begin exploring options for next season -- options he hopes will include the possibility of a return to the NBA in some capacity.
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Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 6:09 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

 Out from what?  I thought the guy already declared his retirement from the game ... a couple of times.
Did you even read the article?  He plays in Turkey.  And when did he announce his retirement?  More than once as well?  It amazes me that people who come on here and make the dumbest remarks have a rating like a 98.  You really didn't know that Iverson played in Turkey? 



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

At least he doesn't have to practice.  We know how much he hates it.



Since: Sep 14, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:13 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

who? who???!!!



Since: Dec 3, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:54 pm
 

Why the Hell Would Anyone Retire from a Game?

If you are getting paid to play a game, why the hell would you retire?  I wouldn't care if I went from the MLB to the Yazuka Swallows.  If people would pay me to play a game, I'm in!

Yes, I get fans dont want to watch a sad version of their favorite player (ie. all NFL QBs who do late career team switches) and thats fine, they shouldnt be in the NFL/NBA/NHL.  But if you love playing a game and someone will pay you to keep doing it, do it, anywhere, for as long as you can. 

If you love singing, but you are well past your prime, but someone would still pay you do it, would we ask you to stop?  How about art, or skiing or juggling? 


Unlike other vocations, once an athlete truly can't play at any level anymore, they can no longer get paid to do what they love and were great at.  They should play and get paid to play, as long as they possibly can. 


Man, if I'm Iverson, I'm coming back as the 12th man for the Lakers. 



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

Last I heard, he wasn't even playing that impressively in Turkey. How that is supposed to lead to another NBA gig is beyond me.



Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

Yeah, why is this newsworthy at all?

Wait, did you hear?  Patrick Ewing has the stomach flu and will be out of commission for the next few days!



Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:30 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

Hang them up and shut up and go away already.  Athletes have a shelf life and yours is expired.



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

Its funny, part of me feels bad for him and the other part just thinks he should call it a career already.
Dont feel sorry for the guy.  Why should he retire.  If some rich Turkish owner wants to pay Iverson 4 million to ply his trade good for him.



Since: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

Out from what?  I thought the guy already declared his retirement from the game ... a couple of times. 



Since: May 25, 2007
Posted on: February 1, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Iverson out 6-8 weeks after leg procedure

Its funny, part of me feels bad for him and the other part just thinks he should call it a career already. See, Iverson is an amazing player and we as fans want to see the greatness off the court as well as on the court. The problem is you can't make someone into a hero who doesn't want to be. Iverson was a great player on the court and off the court, well nott o say disappointed but I guiess I didn't live up to his oncourt persona. That is not his fault though, he is who he is. He was awesome to watch both in college and the pros. I say at 36, if u wanna keep going, go for it. What right does anyone have to say someone should stop doing what they love? Do I wish Iverson and just about every NBA player didn't act like a thug, ofcourse, but people are who they are, and just because you don't agree doesn't mean you are right. The whole practice thing was a little ridiculous and if Iverson was a little brighter would have said something more constructive infront of cameras but I am sure he was just "keeping it real." The thing is these "thugs" make sooo much money that how can anyone say they are wrong when money=power. BTW, the NBA is getting ridiculous, scrubs averging 2pts per game gettting paid like 8 Mil a year. Sorry for all the randomness, its just that basketball really is out of hand and will only get worse.


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