Allen Iverson didn’t let the fact that no NBA team had much interest in signing him this season stop him from playing basketball. So it should come as no surprise that he’s not going to let his latest injury, a growth in his right leg that will have to be surgically removed, put a stop to his career either. Here’s the latest on the former 76ers star, courtesy of the Associated Press:
Allen Iverson says he expects to play basketball again once he has a lesion in his right leg examined in the United States.
Iverson posted on his Twitter page Friday that he was returning home for examinations, and possibly surgery. Iverson says he has no plans to retire.
Iverson signed with the Turkish team Besiktas after no NBA team expressed interest in the 11-time NBA All-Star
Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime manager, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Iverson was expected to miss four to six weeks. Moore says Iverson was hoping to rejoin his Turkish team in time for the postseason.
It would have been nice to see a player with Iverson’s cult of personality, on-court resume, and influence on NBA culture get a proper farewell tour and be allowed to leave on his own terms, but things don’t always work out that way. Thanks to on-court issues in Detroit, family issues that Iverson had to attend to, and a number of other factors, Iverson wasn’t able to end his NBA career the way he wanted to, but he’s still doing everything he can to play the game he loves at the highest level possible. Furthermore, Iverson isn’t playing badly at all in Turkey: he’s currently averaging 14.3 points on 44.2% shooting for Beskitas, which at least make his chances of an NBA return better than those of Antoine Walker.