MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen Iverson
could miss three weeks after an MRI revealed a partial tear in his
The Grizzlies made the announcement before Wednesday night's
exhibition game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. If the timetable
is correct, Iverson would miss all of preseason, and his status for
the season opener at home against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 28
would be in jeopardy.
"The way I see it, I'm glad it's happening right now rather
than in the season," Iverson said in a pregame press conference.
"That's the only positive thing I can take out of the whole
Iverson, declaring himself a quick healer, said he expects to be
back in time for the opener. He was hurt during the Grizzlies'
training camp in Birmingham, Ala. last week and said he was just
starting to get into shape after not playing basketball for five
months waiting to see where he was going to land for this season.
"My legs were starting to feel a lot better than they had the
first three or four days," Iverson said. "Then, just like that, I
hurt the hamstring."
Entering his 14th season, the four-time NBA scoring champ signed
with the Grizzlies last month, the biggest name ever to join the
franchise. Iverson said he has never dealt with hamstring problems
in his career and wants to make sure he is completely healed before
returning to the court.
"My whole thing is to work as hard as I can to try and get back
to 100 percent," Iverson said. "I don't want to try and come back
too early and have this thing lingering on throughout the whole