NBA Rumors: Iverson's Tweet Hints at Comeback

Michael FoglianoAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2011

CHICAGO - FEBRUARY 20: Allen Iverson #3 of the Philadelphia 76ers moves against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on February 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 122-90. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Allen Iverson, 11-time NBA All-Star, tweeted yesterday he is not looking to retire.

Iverson came back to the United States Thursday for examinations on his right leg; a recent MRI reported Iverson has a lesion pressing against the bone in his right leg.  Reports indicate he should recover from surgery in 4-6 weeks.

He tweeted:

"surgery. I have never said anything about retirement nor have I said goodbye to the game of basketball. I love this game! That is why I went all the way to Turkey to continue playing and once I get past this, my plan is to continue playing at the highest level possible. So don't put me in my rocking chair just yet. Hold on, I'll be back! Stay tuned."

Iverson is definitely foreshadowing here.

He clearly states he is going to play again. In fact, he will try to recover in time for the playoffs in Turkey.

However, he also says, " plan is to continue playing at the highest level possible...Stay tuned."  Does that make you somewhat suspicious?

It does for me.

The highest level possible is the NBA, right?

Is Iverson vaguely telling his fans he will try to return to the NBA? 

I think he really wanted to play in the states, but there was just not a team out there who offered him the chance.

In my opinion, I think a trip back to Philadelphia would be very beneficial for him and team alike.

If Iverson is brought back, the Sixers can utilize him as teacher for rookie Evan Turner. Iverson would be the perfect guy to show Turner how to be a prolific and fearless scorer in the league.

It will also be good for Iverson.

In his last attempt to finish his career with the Sixers, it ended almost bittersweet; he should come back next season for just one year and finish his career with the Sixers on a positive note.

Many fans may speculate he would want a lot of playing time if he does come back. It is definitely a fair argument, but I think this time around he can accept little playing time.

After all, if the Sixers are the only team to give him a chance, he would take it.

He would be more of a player-coach than an actual player—perhaps playing 15 minutes per game or so—with a main focus on helping Turner transform into a superstar.

As a diehard 76ers fan, I would love to see Iverson in a Sixers uniform again (as you can tell from my column I dedicated to him), but only time will tell if he will make his way back to the NBA.