Iverson Coach Speaks; Retirement Now On Hold?

Speculation in Eurasia abounds today about the future playing status of Allen Iverson, who is currently a member of the Besiktas Cola club team in the Turkish Basketball League.

Allen Iverson in Turkey

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Initial reports yesterday out of Turkey indicated that Iverson, who is averaging 14 points and five assists-per-game for Besiktas Cola, may have suffered a career-ending leg injury. The Turkish sports website ajansspor.com reported Wednesday morning that Iverson had planned a press conference today to announce his retirement. But as of 9:30 pm local time in Istanbul, no announcement appeared to be forthcoming.

After the ajanssport.com report, Besiktas Cola Coach Ergin Ataman confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Iverson has a calf injury that may require surgery, from which Iverson could be back in six-to-eight weeks. (Including playoffs, the TBL schedule stretches to mid-June.)

Iverson coach Ataman’s translated quote: Read more…