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Allen Iverson to Turkey confirmed by Besiktas

Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:27 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:03 pm
Allen Iverson has reportedly agreed to join Besiktas, a basketball team in Turkey. A top official has confirmed that the move is likely. Posted by Ben Golliverallen-iverson
Last night, we noted a Yahoo! report that states all star guard Allen Iverson is set to agree to terms with Besiktas, a prominent basketball club in Turkey.  Today, the Associated Press reports that a top official for the club believes a deal will be reached.
Besiktas executive board member Seref Yalcin told the Anatolia news agency Monday that he will travel to the United States to discuss terms of a possible deal with the 11-time NBA All-Star and former scoring champion.
Yalcin said he would discuss "a variety of details" with Iverson later this week. He said issues included schools in Istanbul for Iverson's children.
Yalcin said "I think this transfer will take place."
AFP news agency provides greater detail and more quotes from Yalcin.
"Unless there is a massive difference of opinion, we think he will come to Istanbul in 10 days. "Our agreement is for a year with the option of extending it by another year. We have agreed wages of 1.5 million dollars for the first year, to which will be added a bonus of 300,000 dollars on his passing a medical after arriving in Istanbul," he added.
Iverson crashed and burned out of the NBA twice last season, first in Memphis and then later in a return trip Philadelphia, so it's not a huge surprise he wasn't able to drum up NBA interest. But Turkey? It seems a random and far-fetched home for Iverson. The question for The Answer: how long will he last?

Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2010 4:11 pm

Allen Iverson to Turkey confirmed by Besiktas

A working knowledge of the game is not enough to be a coach at the professional level. Few guys really, even though they have played, have what it takes to be a successful coach. Iverson, while he has a high bball-IQ, has never shown any propensity to want to coach, to relate well to others especially younger players. On top of all this, not to get on the moral high horse, but your own house has to be in order before you can seriously be offering up guidance to others over the course of an 82 game grind. Show me the owner who is going to trust AI with the bench duties and I will show you a crazy man. This would be an Isiah Thomas-like train wreck guaranteed.

You also don't want a guy so recently removed from the league. How could he coach and be taken seriously by guys he played with/against just last year? People need to transition, be out of the game for a little bit. Or at least be an assistant (which you brought up) for a while. Patrick Ewing has been doing his apprenticeship for a while now in Seattle and Orlando, maybe he will be ready soon. But Iverson coaching an NBA team? I really don't see it and don't want to either. This guy had a very nice career, will be a HOF guy but probably not first try. He never won anything and only dominated for a short stretch of time. He needs to fade off into the sunset and just enjoy the fact that he is rich and famous. Go play in Europe for a while, make some more dough, travel the world, whatever. Just stay away from any and all offers to coach anything.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 11:11 pm

Allen Iverson to Turkey confirmed by Besiktas

Iverson's career in the NBA is over. He was an exciting player. But he's beaten his body so much over the years that he's just not good enough to start, and he's doesn't want to be a benchwarmer. No shame in that.
I wish he'd mature so that he could coach... but he'd have to go to p-p-p-p-practice. So if he doesn't want to show up for practice, why would players under his guidance want to practice. I do think he'd be a good assistant coach.  

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2010 5:55 pm

Allen Iverson to Turkey confirmed by Besiktas

The only "shame" I can think of is somebody left their computer unattended while shama was nearby! I can only hope that Iverson gets hit with a coin those Euro trash crowds like to throw at players during the games over there. My only question is Iverson gonna bring his whole posse over there to Turkistan as well? Will cost some serious dinar but what the've spent that on tattoos easily. Go over there ya loser and take your 30 shots a game. Nobody over here will know about it nor care. Maybe he will get arrested and play out the "Midnight Express" fo real.

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 10:29 am

Allen Iverson to Turkey confirmed by Besiktas

It's a shame because he'd possibly be 6th Man of the Year in the NBA but he'll do well in the Euroleague.  If no NBA teams are calling why not chase the money?  He's almost bigger than Jordan in Europe so he'll making a killing endorsement wise.  Most NBA stars have bad/regretable endings anyway (Jordan, Olajuwon, Ewing, K.Malone, Pippen, Rodman, etc).  David Robinson and Reggie Miller are the last ones to leave admirably.

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