Iverson will do 'whatever it takes'

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Allen Iverson says he will come off the bench if that's what's best for the Detroit Pistons.

Iverson attended the team's practice on Thursday after visiting doctors at Georgetown University in Washington. He said in a statement that he's disappointed the soreness in his back will force him to miss two weeks, but doctors told him treatment and rest are best.

Iverson said his goal hasn't changed since arriving: to help the Pistons win a championship. He says he'll do "whatever it takes" -- "regardless if I'm starting or coming off the bench."

Iverson has missed three straight games. Detroit is six games under .500 with Iverson starting, which coach Michael Curry says Iverson won't do when his back is healthy enough for him to play.