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Allen Iverson to Turkey is officially official

Posted on: October 29, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm
 
Allen Iverson signed with Besiktas, a professional basketball team in Turkey, during a press conference in Manhattan. Posted by Ben Golliver Earlier this week, we noted two reports (here and here) that linked former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson to the Turkish club Besiktas. Last night, Iverson's management company issued a press release confirming that Iverson had agreed to sign a 2-year, $4 million contract with the team and that he would sign it during a ceremony at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. That ceremony took place today and, from the looks of it, I wish I had been there. This picture, for example, is pretty incredible, as Iverson is either holding his future jersey, a tent flap or maternity clothing, I can't tell which. Kate Fagan reports that Iverson plans to move his family to Turkey with him and that he claims money is not a problem.
"It’s not a problem, it’s not a problem – money. Obviously if it was about money, I would jump out there and say, ‘You want me to come off the bench? How much money are you paying?' It wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not about money or anything like that. It’s the fact that I want to play and contribute what I can give to a basketball team. I made a ton of money playing in the NBA and all I want to do is play basketball and be happy. I’m at the point in my career where mentally and physically I know I can play basketball and that’s what I want to do. If I can’t play in the NBA, but I want to play basketball, that’s a decision I have to make."
Here's some video of the signing, via Philly.com, which shows Iverson shaking hands with Besiktas executives. What a surreal scene, and my immediate impulse is to conclude that, despite Iverson's move halfway across the globe to play basketball, we'll be seeing The Answer pop up from time to time for many years to come. Unfortunately, I'm cringing at that thought. Hopefully Iverson gets this back on track before he reaches Tyson Territory.
Comments

Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:06 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Turkey is officially official

VERY SAD DAY IN THE NBA TO SEE ALLEN LEAVING I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT NOT ONE TEAM FEELS THEY CAN USE SUCH A GREAT PLAYER I CAN NAME AT LEAST SIX TEAMS RIGHT NOW HE COULD INSTANTLY MAKE BETTER ONCE IN SHAPE WHICH HE PROBABLY IS BY NOW AT LEAST I HOPE.

LAKERS JUST MAKNG HIM A PART OF YOUR TEAM I FEEL WOULD HAVE GIVEN HIM AT LEAST 5 YEARS BACK KNOWING A TRUE OPPURTUNITY TO WIN LIKE NEVER BEFORE. IVERSONS ADDITION TO A TEAM LIKE THE LAKERS WOULD HAVE BEEN AWESOME I THINK HE WOULD HAVE DONE EVERTHING KOBE ASKED OF HIM.

WHAT MAKES ME MAD IS HE NEVER GOT THE RESPECT FOR BEING THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER HE WAS BECAUSE OF HIS OFFENSIVE SCORING HE LED THE LEAGUE IN STEALS, ASSISTS SCORING 0R LEAST IN THE TOP 10 FOR MORE THEN HALF HIS CAREER, HOW MANY PLAYERS HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THROW UP 30 ON ALLEN NONE HE WAS A GREAT ALL AROUND PLAYER WHO WAS MISUNDERSTOOD MORE THEN ONCE, LETS TALK ABOUT THE PRACTICE COMMENT.

IF ANYONE OUT THERE THINKS MICHAEL, MAGIC, LARRY, AND EVEN KOBE AT TIMES NEVER GOT DAYS OFF OF PRACTICE YOUR CRAZY ANY PLAYER WHO GVES 100% NIGHT IN AND NIGHT OUT DESERVES TO BE ABLE TO SIT OUT OF PRACTICE FROM TIME TO TIME IF YOU PLAY AS HARD IN PRACTICE AS YOU DO THE GAME WHICH MOST PLAYERS DO YOUR BOUND TO GET HURT ITS ALMOST LIKE DOUBLING YOUR CHANCES OF BEING INJURED. IF YOUR THERE AT PRACTICE WATCHING THAT CAN BE CONSIDERED PRACTICE TO A PLAYER WHO YOU KNOW IS GOING TO GIVE IT EVERYTHING HE HAS AT GAME TIME ASK MICHAEL!

IVERSON WILL AVERAGE 40 POINTS AND TEN ASSIST A GAME FOR TURKEY AFTER THE FIRST MONTH AND HOPEFULLY NEXT YEAR WE WILL SEE HIM BACK IN THE NBA HELPING THE LAKERS, CELTICS, SUNS, HEAT, THUNDER, OR MAYBE THE MAGIC ALL TEAMS HE WONT NEED TO DO ALL THE SCORING JUST BE A GREAT TEAMMATE AND ALL AROUND PLAYER THAT HE WANTS TO BE!

STAY STRONG ALLEN AND SHOW THEM A I IS STILL ALIVE.

      
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Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: October 29, 2010 7:03 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Turkey is officially official

I will miss you. I wish you much success in Turkey. I will continue to follow you. God Bless you and your family. Philly Fan


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