Sunday , Mar , 22 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Allen Iverson Feeling Better about Role in Detroit?

Pistons guard Allen Iverson is getting closer to a return after two days of tests on his aching back revealed no structural or nerve damage.

"Our hope is he can get out on the court as early as Monday," coach Michael Curry said. "We are anxious to start that process of getting him back and into shape."

Iverson has been out since Feb. 26, the day after he twisted his back against the Hornets and found out he’d move to the bench.

"Yep, he’s on board with it," Curry said of Iverson handling a reverse role. "I was comfortable with that from the beginning. No great player wants to come off the bench, but that’s how were going to utilize him."