Even though he is coming off the best 3-game stretch of his short career in the Turkish Basketball League, it appeared earlier today that Allen Iverson was ready quit the Besiktas Black Eagles and ride off into retirement.
Reportedly “The Answer” was set to have a news conference today to announce his retirement from basketball. That press conference never happened.
He recently missed two games because of an undisclosed injury, but returned from that absence to play solidly in three straight games for Besiktas, so we found it odd that he was suddenly going to retire.
We read online that an ankle injury which would require him to return to United States for surgery was the official reason behind Iverson’s sudden retirement.
“Leaving the basketball world makes me sad but, sometimes, we have to accept things like they are. I can say goodbye to basketball,” Iverson allegedly told the Turkish newspaper Ajansspor.
Well, apparently not all of that is true…
Iverson’s personal manager Gary Moore, told the Associated Press that Iverson “totally disputes” any report of his retirement. Moore said he and Iverson spoke today and he is not retiring.
Moore said Iverson needs to have a painful lesion removed from his right calf. He said the injury is the most painful that Iverson has had in his career. Moore also did not dispute nor confirm that Iverson recently suffered an ankle injury and is returning to the United States for surgery.
“It has to be removed and tested to see if it’s benign or not,” Moore told the AP. “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.”
In the Black Eagles latest game, Iverson scored 17 points and dropped 8 dimes in 39 minutes of burn. Despite Allen’s efforts, Besiktas lost again, 85-83 to visiting Efes Pilsen. “The Answer” hit 5 of his 8 FGAs and also drained 4-5 from the charity stripe. The one knock on his latest outing is that Iverson did commit 4 turnovers vs. Efes Pilsen.
In seven games of Turkish Basketball League action Iverson is averaged 14.3 ppg. while shooting 44% from the field and nearly 43% from deep.
He is hit for 9.3 ppg in three Eurocup games.