Allen Iverson Takes Indefinite Leave of Absense for family; Team consider releasing him
Iverson will miss at least the remaining three games of Philadelphia’s road trip. Iverson missed five games and the All-Star game to be with his family when the health issue surfaced earlier this month
Iverson has not disclosed what is ailing his 4-year-old daughter, Messiah.
Sixers president Ed Stefanski says it was in the best interest of the team and Iverson to allow him time with his family to deal with a “very serious issue.”
Allen Iverson will not be with the Philadelphia 76ers on their current West Coast road trip and could have played his last game for the team. League sources told Yahoo! Sports there’s a strong movement within the organization to permanently break ties with him.
Iverson is with his family to deal with medical issues concerning his daughter, but his constant in-and-out of the lineup this season has led team officials to believe a permanent break is best for the organization. Sources said Iverson went to team officials over the weekend and said he needed to leave again.
Sources say Sixers coach Eddie Jordan addressed the players on Sunday, and told them there’s a chance Iverson may not return to the team. Sixers ownership, general manager Ed Stefanski and Jordan haven’t sat down and formally come to that decision, but sources with knowledge of the Sixers’ plans believe the franchise is leaning in that direction.
Iverson missed five games to be with his daughter from Feb. 3-10. He also didn’t attend the All-Star Game after being voted as a starter for the Eastern Conference. He returned to the Sixers after the break and had played in the team’s past three games, including a 122-90 loss in Chicago.
The Sixers begin their three-game West Coast trip on Tuesday against the Golden State Warriors.
Sixers sources say Iverson hasn’t been a problem since joining the team. He’s worked well with the team’s younger players, and never complained about minutes or shots. The Sixers have just struggled with his constant comings and goings, and how that’s affected chemistry.
“It’s Allen and it’s Philly, so how this plays out has got to be delicate for everyone,” one league source said.
The Sixers released a statement late Monday afternoon saying Iverson has been granted an “indefinite” leave from the team.
“At this time, we feel that it is in the best interest of the Sixers, Allen and his family that he be allowed to deal with a very serious issue that is far greater than the game of basketball,” Stefanski said in the statement.