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Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

Posted on: November 8, 2010 12:49 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2010 12:55 pm
Posted by Royce Young

After a small delay, Allen Iverson has officially arrived in Turkey. He was introduced to the team, the press and the fans at a press conference Monday in Istanbul.

And according to the pictures and video, I'm not so sure we had an introductory press conference or a hostage situation. Heck, it was actually probably both. Iverson is being escorted as a mob of reporters and fans swarm him. Two officials are even holding Iverson by his arms to make sure he doesn't get trampled or something. It's worse than if Justin Bieber tried to walk through lunch at an all-girls middle school.

The look on Iverson's face is priceless though - you can defintely see some fear in there. At one point, I think you can actually see the thoughts going through his brain come through on his face. Oh man. Oh man. Oh man. What in the %#% am I doing here? Iverson does manage to crack a little smile in there so maybe it wasn't as terrifying as it appeared. In fact, when the fans start singing, I'm sure Iverson thought, "Hey, maybe this isn't so bad."

One thing I can't shake though: Think back to how much of a star Iverson was in 10 years ago. He was one of the absolute megastars in not just the NBA, but professional sports. And now he's being mobbed in Turkey. Something just doesn't feel right about it. I know what happened with Iverson in his last two stints in the NBA, but still. Can you imagine Dwyane Wade or Chris Paul finishing out a great career in Greece in 10 years? It just shouldn't have ended like this for Iverson.

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Since: Nov 14, 2010
Posted on: November 14, 2010 1:24 am
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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 4:12 pm

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

1.) Jesus Christ, the remark was a sarcastic exaggeration in response to what I felt was an OVERLY SENSITIVE remark made against the author.

2.) Mildly or largely offensive things ARE comical.

3.) Anyone that is not incredibly dense might have known the exaggeration was not meant to be taken seriously. I don't see how actually being Turkish would effect one's ability to understand this.

4.) Stop being so sensitive, Nancy.

Since: Nov 9, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2010 2:48 pm

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

The fans are chanting "Oley, oley, oley, oley, SAMPIYON BESIKTAS". (Champion Besiktas)
Besiktas' fans are famous for being very passionate and their chants are famous as well. They hold the world sound record of 132 decibels recorded by EUROSPORT. The fans are known for chanting and singing 90 minutes non-stop in soccer games.

The fan club is called CARSI. It is the most passionate fan group and the oldest and most established in Turkey. They fly to every game even if the team is playing on the other side of the world. CARSI is also a socially conscious group. They use the games as a platform to fight global warming, racism, nuclear weapons, wars etc. Some of their banners read "CARSI AGAINST GLOBAL WARMING.", "CARSI AGAINST RACISM.", "WE ARE ALL BLACKS.", "CARSI AGAINST NUCLEAR WEAPONS.", "CARSI AGAINST WAR." etc.

I believe that AI made the best decision of his life by going to Turkey. First of all, Istanbul is the most beautiful and the most exciting city in the world. It has been the capital of three empires and not only has many historic sites and natural beauty, but also the best clubs and restaurants in the world. No US city can rival Istanbul. NYC even would be boring compared to Istanbul.

Turks are very hospitable and they love AI. They will treat him like their brother, their son. There will be a lot of love and respect for AI in Turkey. He will have a lot of moral support. Now, all he needs to do is realize how much he is loved and appreciated all over the world and focus on his game and make his big comeback. NBA and US did not appreciate him. Americans love to tear down successful people, especially if they are black. The double standard does not exist in other countries. Just imagine what the reaction would have been, if Bristol was not Sarah Palin's, but Barack Obama's unmarried, pregnant, teenage daughter.

AI should appreciate all the love and support he is getting and show everyone that he is still GREAT.


Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2010 11:08 am

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

Has anyone on here been within 1000 miles of Istanbul!? It is awesome! Hopefully he at some point will be thinking he made a great decision. I would rather go there than Minnesota or Portland. You have to look at the big picture folks. There is a whole world out there. Istanbul is one of the great cities on the planet, just because we don't learn about it, we dismiss it.

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2010 8:17 am

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

Sensitivity training? Shut the hell up. Nancy.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2010 7:54 am

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

You write that the comparison was "intentionally ridiculous," and that "Iverson did look creeped out."  But all of this makes an argument *against* your comparison of the press conference to a terrorist spectacle. 

It's not whether or not your comparison *works* as comedy because, as you admit, you yourself "would have been [creeped out] too."  It's the idea that you think the comparison qualifies as comedy that some might find mildly offensive.

In other words, your response only further proves that you don't get it. 

If I were of Turkish descent but not a terrorist (which is most Turks, btw), I would've been perfectly aware of your comedic intent, but I wouldn't have liked the comparison.

Go so somebody about getting some sensitivity training. 

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: November 8, 2010 10:08 pm

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

He has lost a step and I was never a huge fan of his antics but here is hoping AI has a few good years over there. He always played with heart and it would be great for him to go out in a positive way.

Since: Dec 21, 2009
Posted on: November 8, 2010 9:16 pm

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

Practice? We're talking about practice.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 8, 2010 8:34 pm

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

The comparion to a terrorist spectacle was intentionally ridiculous, as it was meant to convey sarcasm, though the first remark I made was serious enough. Yes, Islamophobia exists but is it necessary to over-analyze every casual comment and turn it into an issue? Iverson did look creeped out and I would have been too in a foreign environment like that whether it were in Turkey or in a predominantly Christian country. The author’s comment reflected that, and it may not have been PC but why be so quick to imply that he has some sort of subliminal hatred seeping out by his choice of words?

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: November 8, 2010 7:44 pm

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

As a non-muslim turkish guy here, i can say that this chanting for AI has nothing to do with religion. But a bit with education and the priorities of these people in their lifes. And the weird love they have towards their team.
Sports fanaticism in Turkey is indeed a bit worrying. The club of Besiktas has one of the most fanatic supporter groups in Turkey (ÇARŞI) And although their favourite sport is Football (Soccer), anything that will put their sports teams ahead of their rivals, and anything they can brag about will make them happy. Maybe a bit too much. This many people would be there to greet AI, even if it was -25 degrees C cold. They just love their club, more than most of the things in life, and i understand it can be difficult for you guys to understand. When even i can't. (I am not a Besiktas supporter by the way.)
This being said, the chanting wouldn't have been "this" big, if it wasn't for AI. Allen was "the" basketball player on spotlight, when basketball was growing popular in Turkey in the last decades. Every basketball lover kid those days wanted to become like him, tried hard to perform his killer cross overs. Most turkish people i know loved players like AI, T-Mac and even Grant Hill over Kobe and alike. 
And those fans you see in the video, i don't think they would be this excited for any other player than AI. And no, AI doesn't even have to do miracles in the court, his existance and charisma will be enough to drag thousands to come and see him, and well... buy his jersey.
Also, Besiktas fans aren't the only ones excited about this transfer :) I am happy that he is here although now he looks like a terrified little puppy
Welcome to Turkey AI, don't worry you'll get used to us!

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