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Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

Posted on: November 21, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:00 pm
 
Former NBA all star Allen Iverson is playing professional basketball in Turkey and is reportedly "broke." Posted by Ben Golliverallen-iverson-dribble We've been following former NBA all star Allen Iverson's road to Turkish professional basketball team Besiktas with interest, and we're not allowed. Philly.com sent a writer to Istanbul to check up on Iverson, whose most recent game was televised on NBA TV Sunday. The report is fascinating: Iverson is not even close to a household name in Turkey, where interest in soccer far exceeds interest in basketball. Worse, some digging uncovered financial troubles for Iverson are reportedly his motivation for playing overseas.  
"It's not a problem, it's not a problem - money," Iverson said at an Oct. 29 news conference in New York. "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."
A member of one NBA front office, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the subject matter, said that prior to last season, a member of Iverson's family called to inquire about a contract for Iverson, explaining that Iverson owed that person money and would be unable to pay without a contract. A similar source explained that Iverson is broke, plain and simple. Over his NBA career, including his lucrative deal with Reebok, Iverson made more than $100 million.
Iverson signed a multi-year contract with Besiktas for millions of dollars. Hopefully that money will, in a roundabout way, provide a happy ending for one of the NBA's most popular players in recent years.
Category: NBA
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 10:14 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

Come on Instant... i wouldn't say he was the first to wear "street clothes" to a press conference...  If you knew you history like you think you did, you would know that Jordan was gold chains and sweatsuits until Nike hired a mentor to help him mold his image... Look at in the 1985 slam dunk competition... He got the media and the older veterans all upset by wearing good chains in the first round of the competition... he was known for wearing his Jordan sweatsuits to everything... baggy pants, sweatsuits, etc don't make someone a bad person...



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 7:39 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

I know in his Philly days he was in Alantic City Constantly & if I'm not mistaken I believe he was also banned from a Casino in AC.
Not to mention he always had 50 people around him at all times.
Gambling + Large entourage = M.C. Hammer (B-R-O-K-E)
Couldn't happen to a better person.
I LOVE AI. He was an amazing Basketball player, but he started the downfall of the NBA product. He was the first player to show up at Press Conferences with street clothes instead of a suit. That may not seem important but look at how the players act today as opposed to 15 to 20 years ago. You ever see Jordan not wearing a suit at a press conference? Nope. You ever see him wearing a Detroit RedWings hat during a PC in Chicago? No
Little things like that have turned alot of todays NBA players into A-Holes who only care about their STATS & Sportscenter highlights.
Nowadays guys will shoot on their own net just to grab a rebound & get a double-double.
Can't take it anymore. NBA sucks!
I'll be watching College Basketball. At least those kids have heart & care about there schools and teammates.
"How is me being at practice gonna help my teammates?" That just shows you right there that AI never got it. Still doesn't get it.
If he could have just played as a team player, the sixers coulda got some talent, or kept some of the talent they traded away, (John Salamons, Toni Cool, Tim Thomas, & a few others) maybe the Sixers could have won something.
Allen is one of the most skilled basketball players I've even seen & probally that ever will play the game, but he never got the team aspect of the game & so no team with AI on it ever had a shot to win.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 3:10 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

 - top ten guards (in order from the top): Jordan, Magic, Kobe, Isiah, Robertson, West, Stockton, Cousy, Maravich and Iverson. That tenth spot is a hard one, but I'll go with Iverson. Wade might end up taking the Answer's spot in about five years. We will see.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 2:53 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

Correction: it was a Mercedes, not a Rover.



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2010 2:50 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

He's playing in Turkey with "Cola Turkey" on his jersey. Of course he's broke. This is a guy that once sold a home to a teammate (Matt Geiger) and left behind a Range Rover, about 100 pairs of Tims and about $40K in cash. B-R-O-K-E.



Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:28 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

thanks for the solid information, you provided excellent data, all facts...again you fail yo get it right



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:08 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

Since people are throwing out numbers...let's name the top 10+ guards and have fun with the list....jordan, magic, isiah, kobe...let's name some players here



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:06 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

please name the 25 better than him...it'll be interesting to read and chime in



Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2010 1:05 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

You're fairly certain??  Those two words contradict each other you idiot....just say I heard from a friend of a friend that he gambles a lot....probably true.....but I know you don't know!!



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: November 22, 2010 12:51 pm
 

Report: Iverson is in Turkey because he's 'broke'

He's broke because he's a gambler.  He spent more time at Detroit casinos than he did working on his jumper.  In fact, I am fairly certain that he was eventually banned from the Detroit casinos.


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