Allen Iverson Returns: A.I. Is Coming Back To the States, But Not for the NBA

Frank Fittipaldi@@Frank_FittiCorrespondent IIJanuary 12, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 10:  Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers looks on during a game against the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena on December 10, 2005 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  The Sixers defeated the Nets 107-95.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Former NBA superstar Allen Iverson, will be in the United States again, but not to play basketball in the NBA. Iverson is returning to have a lesion removed in his leg.

Iverson certainly plans on returning to his Turkish team just in time for the playoffs.

The condition that Iverson has is painful, but Iverson's manager Gary Moore says that A.I. will not retire due to his condition.

It has been reported that the lesion in Iverson's leg is pressing up against his bone and he will need surgery in the United States.

After the removal of the lesion, doctors say Iverson will miss about 4-6 weeks but should be back with his time in time for the playoffs.

The 11-time NBA All-Star has stated that he is happy with his career in Turkey and since he does not plan to retire after the surgery, it is obvious that Iverson will finish out his deal with the Turkish team that is $4 million.

The 2001 Most Valuable Player spent 17 seasons in the NBA, 10 of those with the Philadelphia 76ers.

After his career with the Sixers, Iverson bounced around from the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies where he only played three games.

Iverson than returned to Philadelphia to conclude his NBA career, for now.

After his last season in Philly, no other NBA team showed interest in Iverson so he pursued playing overseas.

Only time will tell if Iverson will ever return to the NBA but as of right now, he will enjoy his time in Turkey.


Source: Dan Gelston of Yahoo Sports