Knee still hurting; AI won't be disciplined
PHILADELPHIA -- Allen Iverson appears willing to play Tuesday night on a right knee that he said Monday was "nowhere near 100 percent."
76ers coach Chris Ford told the Philadelphia Inquirer that if Iverson's knee doesn't swell Tuesday, Iverson will start against the Grizzlies in Memphis.
After Monday's practice, Iverson alluded that he was still experiencing significant pain.
"But as far as being able to play, I think I can go," he was quoted as saying in the Inquirer. "I went through the whole practice [Monday]. We scrimmaged for a while, and I felt good. I had more rhythm than I expected."
Meanwhile, 76ers president/general manager Billy King told the newspaper that Iverson will not be disciplined for refusing to come off the bench Sunday against the Pistons.
King contended that Iverson's injury would have prevented him from playing anyway Sunday.
"All the e-mails I received Saturday and Sunday morning from our trainers said he wasn't going to play," King, who did not attend the game, told the Inquirer. "We weren't expecting him to play, from a medical or organizational standpoint. It was not like he was cleared to play and didn't play. He cleared himself.
"No one -- Chris or myself or our medical staff -- felt he was ready."
Iverson said Sunday that he was ready to play but changed his mind after Ford told him he'd come off the bench.
"I'm a starter. I've been a starter here for eight years. I'm not a sixth man," Iverson said after the game. "I'm a starter. I know in this league ... if someone comes back from an injury, if he's a starter he starts. What's the difference? If you're going to cut my time down, cut my time down. It doesn't make any difference. I'm a starter."
Iverson, the league's second-leading scorer at 27 points per game, missed three straight games before Sunday because of swelling in his knee.
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