Last month I reported that Allen Iverson, who was playing for a pro team in Turkey at the time, had suffered a leg injury and would likely return to the United States to have it examined by an American doctor.
At that time, Iverson’s manager sounded hopeful that his client would return to his Turkish team in time for the club’s playoffs.
It has to be removed and tested to see if it’s benign or not,” said Iverson’s manager, Gary Moore. “Once that’s removed, Allen is going to look to rehabilitate his leg because the doctors tell him he’ll be out four to six weeks, he’s hoping to be able to play in the [Turkish league] playoffs.”
Umm, scratch that.
(Yep, it was him)
Iverson has since decided he will not have surgery, with his return to Turkey now unlikely.
Allen Iverson will attempt to rehabilitate his troublesome right calf without surgery after being examined Monday by noted surgeon James Andrews. Andrews diagnosed the injury as a calcium deposit with additional secondary bleeding.
“It’s tricky because of the location,” Andrews said. “So we’re going to try to treat it without surgery.” In a statement provided by Iverson’s manager, Gary Moore, Andrews said Iverson probably won’t be able to return for “six to eight weeks or more.”
“At this point it is certainly more important to get [Iverson’s] calf healed and asymptomatic than it is to try to play with continued pain, ” Andrews wrote.
The injury prompted Iverson to leave his current team, Besiktas of the Turkish League, to return to the United States for treatment. Iverson signed with Besiktas after failing to receive an offer from a single NBA team.
Translation: Iverson has seen the last of Eurasia.
Meanwhile, in recent days Twitter has provided us a window into Iverson’s unique rehabilitation routine, which last weekend included watching the NBA All-Star game from Wet Willies in Atlanta.
No surprise to NBA observers that even an injured Iverson still shows up every night.