Iverson, Webber OK after MRIs

Updated: October 18, 2005, 1:42 AM ET
Associated Press

Philadelphia 76ers: Allen Iverson and Chris Webber each had an MRI on his leg, and neither has a serious injury.

Iverson is listed as day-to-day with a sore right knee, the 76er said Monday. His status for Philadelphia's preseason game against the Knicks on Tuesday will be determined after shootaround.

Webber is nursing a right quad strain. His MRI indicated the injury is healing. He has been limited in practice and is not expected to play against New York.

Los Angeles Lakers: The Lakers will hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the retirement of center Vlade Divac.

Earlier this month, the Lakers waived Divac. The 7-foot-1, 260-pound center was one of the first Europeans to make a significant impact in the NBA.

The 37-year-old Divac underwent back surgery in January, and played in only 15 games for the Lakers last season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.1 rebounds. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.3 rebounds in 15 previous NBA seasons -- seven with the Lakers, two with Charlotte and six with Sacramento.

Divac and centers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon are the only players in league history to get 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots.

Divac said several times he wouldn't play again if he didn't return to the Lakers, where he began his career in 1989 as the 26th overall pick in the NBA draft. He was born and raised in the former Yugoslavia, and played in that country's top league before coming to the NBA. Divac became a U.S. citizen in the summer of 2000.

Utah Jazz: The Jazz have cut Cory Violette and Mark Karcher, reducing the roster to 17 players.

Violette, a 6-foot-8 forward from Gonzaga, played 44 minutes in Utah's first two preseason games, scoring eight points and pulling down 10 rebounds.

Violette, who played last season in Italy, had described himself as a long shot when camp opened, "but he's not that far away from playing in this league," coach Jerry Sloan said Sunday.

Karcher, a 6-5 guard and a former Philadelphia 76ers second-round draft choice from Temple University, played just seven minutes, scoring one point, but, "I got a good look at him in practice," Sloan said. "He probably deserved to play a little more, but with so many guys here, it makes it tough.

"We would give them another opportunity if it comes around," Sloan said.

The cuts were the first and at least two more will have to be made before the season starts Nov. 2.

Boston Celtics: Celtics guard Marcus Banks has a stress fracture in his left leg.

Banks missed the last two preseason games with a sore left shin and an MRI showed the injury to his left tibia.

Banks will be evaluated again in six weeks.

He was the 11th pick in the 2003 NBA draft, and has averaged 5.3 points and 2.0 assists per game during his career.


Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press

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