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Allen Iverson loses in Besiktas of Turkey debut

Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:48 pm
Former NBA all star Allen Iverson made his debut for Besiktas Cola Turka, a professional basketball club in Turkey, on Tuesday. Posted by Ben Golliver

Former NBA all star, and future Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson made his long-anticipated debut for Besiktas Cola Turka, the Turkish professional basketball team that recently inked him to a multi-year contract, on Tuesday.
Besiktas Cola Turka faced Serbian A-league team Hemofarm Stada in a European Cup game in Istanbul, Turkey. According to stats provided by, Iverson scored 15 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and committed two turnovers in 23 minutes of action.  According to wire reports, "Turkish fans shouted 'Allen Iverson, the son of Besiktas Cola Turka' during the match." allen-iverson-turkey2 Here's video of Iverson's Turkey debut, courtesy of EuroBasketTV. Around the three minute mark of the video, Iverson converts a 4-point play.  The pictures and video are pretty surreal, and not only because Iverson has traded in his familiar No. 3 jersey for a Besiktas No. 4. It's really him out there, but it sure doesn't feel like it given the surroundings.
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Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:51 pm

Allen Iverson loses in Besiktas of Turkey debut

Aw come on, when is someone's prime 24?  28?  Should he quit after his best season and say, well I can't do that again I should stop playing ball?  Look at the stats, for a first game the were respectable, its not like he scored 4 points with 8 turnovers in 30 minutes.  All this guy knows is basketball, what was he supposed to do in America play in the CBA or at the YMCA?  Come on give the guy a break.  And think about the fans in Turkey, being able to see this guy bring his game to their country must be a real thrill.  Sure its not his A+ game, its not even his A game, but it is at least a B-, and if you are one of the most exciting players of the last decade then your B- game is still pretty good and fun to watch.

The great thing about basketball is that it doesn't require a lot of equipment to play, you need ten guys a ball and two baskets that can be made out of just about anything.  This is why people play ball in the hood, because when you are poor if you have a pair of sneakers you can afford to play.  Want to bring Ice Hockey to the ghetto?  Tell me who is going to pay 500 bucks a kid for equipment and 100 an hour for icetime to practice?  Exactly.  You can say a lot of bad things about basketball but one good thing is that it is a game that can be embraced around the world because you don't have to be rich to play it.  That was what the Dream Team was all about to inspire basketball around the world and if you look at the international game today it worked. 
For people in Turkey every time Allen straps on his sneakers its like having the opportunity to watch the Globetrotters or the Dream Team.  If this makes Allen even a little happy he should do it, if this makes people in Turkey even a little happy they should enjoy it, if American's can't appreciate that, then I would say you need to step back and take another look.  This is absolutely a good thing, except for people in Philadelphia, cause we are still stuck with the Sixers and he is still out best player. 

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 1:25 pm

Allen Iverson loses in Besiktas of Turkey debut

I am sorry Philly fan, but I don't even know what your comment means.  Is this fiasco somehow the fault of the NBA.  Nobody made Iverson pull a Willie Mays and keep playing well past his prime, and in a foreign country no less.  He was not very good in Turkey, so I am sure you don't think he should still be in the NBA, bad attitude and all. 

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: November 17, 2010 9:18 am
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Since: Oct 24, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:51 pm

Allen Iverson loses in Besiktas of Turkey debut

Nice way to treat one of your legends NBA. 

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