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02-08-2007, 11:52 AM
Iverson might skip All-Star Game to rest ankle

ESPN.com news services

Allen Iverson's pain could be Carmelo Anthony's All-Star gain.

The Denver Nuggets said Iverson might miss the Nuggets' next few games and possibly the NBA All-Star Game to rest his sprained right ankle. He played Wednesday against the New Orleans Hornets after missing four games, but reaggravated the injury during overtime of the Nuggets' 114-112 loss.

Iverson said he might miss the next couple of games because "I don't want this bothering me for the rest of the season. My speed is a big part of my game and when I can't move by people the way I want to I know something is wrong."

If Iverson backs out of his eighth All-Star appearance, that would give Anthony -- the NBA's leading scorer -- another chance to make his first All-Star team as one of commissioner David Stern's injury replacement picks.

Stern has said he won't hold Anthony's 15-game suspension for fighting against him when choosing replacements for the Feb. 18 game in Las Vegas.

"[The Nuggets] are more important than the All-Star Game," Iverson said, according to the Denver Post. "This is way more important than the All-Star Game. I've been there and done that in my career. If that is the right thing for me to do, then that's exactly what I'll do. That's something that I haven't thought about because I don't care about that right now. I care about this team right here."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

02-08-2007, 12:29 PM
Ah heck, they should all bow out with an injury. Wouldn't that be a hoot.

02-13-2007, 03:34 PM
Nuggets G Iverson to skip All-Star Game

February 13, 2007

DENVER (Ticker) - Allen Iverson appears to have his priorities in order.

The superstar guard of the Denver Nuggets said Tuesday he will use the All-Star break to rest his sprained right ankle, becoming the fourth member of the Western Conference team sidelined by injury.

Iverson has missed seven of Denver's last eight games due to the injury. He sprained his ankle January 29 against Charlotte and aggravated it Wednesday against New Orleans.

Selected as a reserve for his eighth straight All-Star Game, Iverson is concerned with getting healthy and teaming with fellow superstar Carmelo Anthony to help the Nuggets improve their standing in the Western Conference playoff race.

"I'm very disappointed that I can't play right now," Iverson said. "I was really looking forward to representing the Nuggets in my first All-Star Game with the West. However, I need to make sure my ankle is 100 percent for the stretch run."

Denver (26-24) is seventh in the West, two games ahead of the Los Angeles Clippers but 7 1/2 games behind first-place Utah in the Northwest Division. A division winner can be seeded no lower than fourth.

A four-time scoring champion, Iverson was acquired in a trade with Philadelphia on December 19. He is averaging 28.7 points this season, including 26.8 in 20 games with Denver.

Anthony's 15-game suspension for fighting and Iverson's injury have prevented the duo from playing together for all but six games. The Nuggets are 2-4 in those games.

02-13-2007, 03:35 PM
good thing that the west got so many good players

02-13-2007, 05:28 PM
Terry anyone ; )

02-14-2007, 03:27 PM
^ i wish


02-14-2007, 03:27 PM