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Deron Williams leads Besiktas to win in debut

Posted on: September 10, 2011 9:42 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


If you were in the "I'll believe it when I see it crowd" with regard to New Jersey Nets All-Star guard Deron Williams' decision to play professionally in Turkey, you can officially believe it.

Williams made his debut for Besiktas on Saturday, just two days after arriving in Turkey, where he was mobbed by fans at the airport. Besiktas defeated Italian club Montepaschi Siena, 93-91, in a touranment in Italy. Williams finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and six assists in 18 minutes of action according to

Reacton to the first game was positive from both player and coach.

Williams explained on Twitter that his appearance wasn't necessarily planned.
Went to the gym to watch the team play today! Shot around for a couple min and then decided to play and got a [Win]! #WhyNot 
A translated quoted Williams' coach calling him "the biggest player in Europe."

Besiktas coach Ergin Ataman [said about] Deron Williams, the new star for the team after the game on Twitter, "I have seen so far the biggest player in Europe."

Back in Nov. 2010, former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson lost in his debut appearance for Besiktas. By January, reports surfaced that Iverson would leave Besiktas due to a leg injury.

Now that the "Will Williams actually show up in Turkey?" question has been answered, attention turns to the obvious next question: "How long will he last?"

Since: Sep 10, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:28 pm

Deron Williams leads Besiktas to win in debut

Don't get hurt money from the nba is bye bye.

Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2011 11:14 pm

Deron Williams leads Besiktas to win in debut

Deron Williams laid a nice foundation there...18 minutes in a game that he just went to go watch.  Awesome.

He is a beast and playing in Europe will pay dividends to his "global brand".  I'm glad to see him telling the NBA that he can hook up and play elsewhere.  Maybe having a few more star power players head oversees to do that will help these contract talks along.  I'm personally sick of all the greed amongst all the pro leagues right now, it's not stopping me from following the games, teams, and players but I sure don't kick as much cash to them as I used to (don't go to as many games or buy any gear). 

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: September 10, 2011 10:29 pm

Deron Williams leads Besiktas to win in debut

I think i'd give him more minutes than that!   Good debut and will continue to get better!

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