Grizzlies' Allen Iverson to miss 3 weeks with hamstring injury

Scott Cacciola

Allen Iverson will miss three weeks with a partial tear in his left hamstring, the Grizzlies announced before Wednesday’s preseason game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. That means Iverson will be sidelined for the rest of the preseason — and his availability for the team’s regular-season opener against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 28 is in jeopardy.
"Very disappointing," said Iverson, a 10-time NBA All-Star and one of the team’s key offseason acquisitions. "My whole thing is trying to make something positive out of a negative situation, and the way I see it is, I’m glad it’s happening right now than during the season. So that’s the only positive I can take out of the whole situation."

Iverson suffered the injury coming to a jump stop during the team’s open intrasquad scrimmage at Birmingham Southern College on Sunday. He said the entire back of his leg turned "black and purple," and he underwent an MRI on Wednesday morning that revealed the damage.

"I’m aiming for the last couple of preseason games," Iverson said when asked about his return. "Doctors always tell me a specific time when I’ll be back … but usually I come back a lot faster. I’m a quick healer."

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