Iverson shutdown for rest of season
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Philadelphia 76ers All-Star guard Allen
Iverson will miss the remainder of the regular season because of a right knee
“In light of where we are in the season, with only eight regular-season games
remaining, we thought it best for Allen to rest his knee rather than risk
additional problems,” said general manager Billy King said.
Iverson has been bothered by swelling in his right knee and decided to seek a
second opinion on Monday by visiting Dr. Russell Warren, the team physician
for the New York Giants.
“Allen saw Dr. Warren in New York yesterday, who concurs with the diagnosis
and treatment of Allen’s ailing right knee,” said 76ers team physician Dr.
Jack McPhilemy. “Allen has been bothered by recurrent swelling in the right
knee going back six weeks, and diagnostic studies have indicated some wear of
the cartilage under the kneecap. Dr. Warren believes that this condition is
likely to improve with rest and rehabilitation.”
Iverson missed his fourth straight game on Sunday, as the 76ers suffered an
89-65 loss to the Boston Celtics. The team’s leading scorer has already sat
out a career-high 26 contests this year because of various injuries and the
76ers are 12-14 without him.
In 48 games this season, Iverson averaged 26.4 points and 6.8 assists per
Coming into Tuesday’s game versus Golden State, Philadelphia has only eight
games remaining in the 2003-04 campaign and trails Boston by three games for
the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.