Archive for March, 2009
Allen Iverson has heard a lot of negative comments during his tempestuous career. He wasn’t used to hearing them about his toughness, though. Iverson returned Sunday after missing 16 games with a back injury and scored eight points in 21 minutes of the Detroit Pistons’ 101-97 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.
After the game, he acknowledged being hurt by media reports that he might not play again this season.
“The one thing that everyone has always known about me is that I’m a warrior—the doctors would say I’d be out two-four weeks, and I’d come back in a week,” he said. “So now I have an injury I’ve never had before—one that was bothering me—and people are suddenly questioning my courage. That was hard, but I know positive stories don’t sell.
At 33 years of age, Iverson is still tough as nails. Pistons play the league-leading Cavs tonight. Should be a good one.
But he’s not willing to do so if it requires him to be medicated for the pain that he knows he’ll continue to experience in his back.
“That’s what I don’t want to do,” Iverson said of being medicated for the pain. “As bad as I want to get out there on the court, I just want to do what’s right for me. I don’t want to go out there and feel good while I’m out there, and feel awful when the game is over and not heal at all.”
Iverson, who hasn’t played since Feb. 25 at New Orleans, said his conditioning needs a lot of work.
“(Friday) I played 12 minute half court, and I felt like I was going to die,” Iverson said. “I’m just looking forward to getting some run in.”
However, Iverson’s conditioning won’t be as big an issue because he will be coming off the bench now, which Curry said on Saturday will to some degree limit his minutes.
His back still hurts. He hopes to give it go Tuesday at Cleveland. He wants to get back on the floor before the season ends.
The 13-year veteran has been away from the team with a sore back that has caused him to miss the past 12 games.And it appears he may return soon.
Iverson returned to the team and attended practice Thursday after visiting doctors at Georgetown University in Washington. Coach Michael Curry said Iverson — who averages 18 points but has missed the past three games with the back injury — was targeting an early return.
Iverson will come off the bench when he returns. He did not speak with reporters but instead issued a statement through the team.
“I’m disappointed that the soreness I’m feeling in my back is going to force me to miss two weeks of action,” Iverson said in the statement. “After talking with the doctors at Georgetown yesterday they have told me that treatment and rest is the best course of action right now. Hopefully my back with heal and I’ll be ready to go following this two-week period.”
Iverson attended the team’s practice on Thursday after visiting doctors at Georgetown University in Washington. He said in a statement that he’s disappointed the soreness in his back will force him to miss two weeks, but doctors told him treatment and rest are best.
Iverson said his goal hasn’t changed since arriving: to help the Pistons win a championship. He says he’ll do “whatever it takes”—“regardless if I’m starting or coming off the bench.”
Iverson has missed three straight games. Detroit is six games under .500 with Iverson starting, which coach Michael Curry says Iverson won’t do when his back is healthy enough for him to play.
Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said Monday the team will know more about Iverson’s status on Wednesday after he is examined by doctors at Georgetown, where he starred in college.
Last game, the Pistons, without Iverson in the lineup, beat the defending champs Boston Celtics.