If the timetable is correct, Iverson would miss all of the preseason, and his status for the season opener at home against the Detroit Pistons on Oct. 28 would be in jeopardy.
"The way I see it, I'm glad it's happening right now rather than in the season," Iverson said before last night's exhibition game. "That's the only positive thing I can take out of the whole thing."
Iverson, declaring himself a quick healer, said he expects to be back in time for the opener. He was hurt last week during the Grizzlies' training camp in Birmingham, Ala., and said he was just starting to get into shape after not playing basketball for 5 months, waiting to see where he was going to land for this season.