Allen Iverson 'ready to go back'

Updated: March 18, 2011, 1:46 PM ET
By Ric Bucher | ESPN The Magazine

Former NBA MVP Allen Iverson expects to receive medical clearance on Monday to resume playing after being sidelined for the past two months with a lesion in his right calf, says his business manager, Gary Moore.

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"He's going to start rigorous training as soon as he has clearance," Moore said. "He's determined to get back to playing."

Iverson was playing with Besiktas, a Turkish League team, when he returned to the United States in January after tests showed a growth between the muscle and bone in his right calf.

After consulting with several doctors, Iverson opted to have reputed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews attempt a non-surgical procedure that involved anti-inflammatory injections around the growth.

The procedure apparently worked. Iverson has been running and getting up shots for several days now, according to Moore, and will see Andrews Monday for a final examination.

Besiktas was 14-7 and in fifth place in Turkey's 16-team first division as of Friday, with nine regular-season games left. Moore said he has kept Besiktas' coaching staff apprised of Iverson's condition. Besiktas is 7-1 since Iverson's injury.

"He's ready to go back," Moore said. "He just needs the word from Dr. Andrews."

Ric Bucher is a senior NBA writer for ESPN The Magazine.

Ric Bucher

NBA Reporter, ESPN The Magazine Senior Writer

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