Tuesday , Mar , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Iverson shutdown for rest of season

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers announced before
their victory over Golden State on Tuesday that All-Star guard Allen Iverson
will miss the remainder of the regular season because of a right knee injury.

“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 fifth straight game on Tuesday. The team’s leading scorer
has already sat out a career-high 27 contests this year because of various
injuries and the 76ers are 13-14 without him.

In 48 games this season, Iverson averaged 26.4 points and 6.8 assists per
outing.

After Tuesday’s game versus Golden State, Philadelphia has only seven
games remaining in the 2003-04 campaign and trails Boston by 2 1/2 for
the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

PHI