Allen Iverson

January 13, 2011 by staff 

Allen Iverson, (AP) – Former NBA star Allen Iverson plans to remove a lesion in his right leg in the United States and intends to join his Turkish team in time for the playoffs.

Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime manager, said Iverson told him Wednesday that he has no intention of retiring because of the painful condition.

Moore said Iverson has a lesion that is pressing against the bones of his leg and requires surgery in the United States

“It must be removed and tested to see if it is benign or not,” Moore said by phone. “Once it’s removed, Allen will seek to rehabilitate his leg because the doctors tell him he will be out four to six weeks, he hopes to be able to play in the playoffs. ”

Besiktas spokesman Kursat Kaplan, said Wednesday the team would assess the future of Iverson after another MRI this week.

Moore had no timetable for surgery Iverson, only that it was “soon”.

“People need to know that Allen is and has always been a fighter,” said Moore. “He has a battle ahead of him.”

Moore said Iverson “totally Dispute” reports that Turkey has been retired.

11 times NBA All-Star said he is happy with his new career in Turkey, although its beginnings have been mixed since its debut in November.

Iverson, the NBA Most Valuable Player in 2001, and agreed to a EUR 4 million, two-year contract with Besiktas after no team offered him a NBA contract. Moore said that Iverson has played last Saturday.

“It’s the most pain he ever felt any injury he had,” said Moore. “He was huge in agony.”

Iverson has spent 10 seasons in Philadelphia before rebounding with Denver and Detroit, ending in Memphis last season.

He played only three games before returning for a second stint with the Sixers, where he averaged 13.9 points in 25 games. He took a leave to the end of the season to deal with family issues, which he said have been resolved.

If any NBA team interested in him, Besiktas Executive Board member Seref Yalcin to continue his career abroad has courted Iverson.

“He enjoys the beauty of the country, the beauty of the people,” said Moore. “Nobody has any expectations other than what he gives on the basketball court. Nobody cares what he has done five, six years ago. ”

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