Posted on by Dal
August 17, 2004
Iverson Has Broken Thumb, but Will Play
Allen Iverson broke his right thumb but plans to play anyway Tuesday night for the U.S. Olympic basketball team, which is coming off an embarrassing loss to Puerto Rico in its opener.
Iverson originally injured the thumb on his shooting hand during the team's 92-73 loss Sunday, then aggravated it during practice Monday.
"Will it keep me from playing? I hope not, I doubt it," Iverson said. "I don't think too much would keep me out of the game."
Iverson shot 5-for-14, including 1-for-10 from 3-point range, with four rebounds, three assists and three turnovers in the loss to Puerto Rico. It was unclear exactly how he injured his thumb, which has bothered him in the past.
If Iverson doesn't play against Greece, he could be replaced by LeBron James, Dwayne Wade or Carmelo Anthony.