This is sad news coming out of Turkey: Allen Iverson plans to have a lesion removed from his right leg in the United States and intends to rejoin his Turkish team in time for the playoffs. This after speculation from Turkish media that Allen Iverson was set to retire. Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime manager, said Iverson told him Wednesday that he doesn’t plan to retire because of the painful condition.
Moore said Iverson has a lesion that is pressing up against the bones of his leg and requires surgery in the U.S.
“It has to be removed and tested to see if it’s benign or not,” Moore said by phone. “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 playoffs.”
Besiktas spokesman Kursat Kaplan said Wednesday the team would assess Iverson’s future after another MRI this week.
Moore had no timetable for Iverson’s surgery, only that that it was “soon.”
“People need to know that Allen is and always has been a fighter,” Moore said. “He’s got a battle ahead of him.”
Moore said Iverson “totally disputes” reports out of Turkey that he was set to retire.
The 11-time NBA All-Star has said he’s happy with his new career in Turkey, though his start has been mixed since playing his first game in November.
Iverson, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2001, agreed to a $4 million, two-year deal with Besiktas after no NBA team offered him a contract. Moore said Iverson last played Saturday.
“This is the most pain he’s ever felt from any injury he’s had,” Moore said. “He’s been in tremendous agony.”
This is sad news for AI Fans – Let’s hope that AI’s operation is successful and he can return to action soon.