Posted on: July 7, 2011 10:31 am
Edited on: July 7, 2011 2:45 pm

Reports: Deron Williams headed to Turkey

Posted by Matt Moore and Ben Golliver. deron-williams

Update (2:43 p.m.): Ken Berger throws some water on the fun, citing an agent with connections in Turkey who says "I'll believe it when I see it."

Update (11:00 a.m.)
 ESPN.com reported Thursday that "sources with knowledge of Deron Williams' plans confirm his intent to play for Besiktas in Turkey if lockout continues."

Original Post:
A Turkish television station is reporting Thursday that Besiktas, a Turkish professional basketball team, has an agreement in principle with Deron Williams to play for them during the lockout.  


Williams, who is under contract for 2011-2012 with the New Jersey Nets, would have to obtain FIBA clearance before heading to Istanbul. A source informed Ken Berger of CBSSports.com Thursday morning that the Nets had not been made aware of any such offer. That does not preclude such an offer from having been made, just that the Nets aren't aware of such an offer, though you would think they'd have some idea of the legitimacy if things were this far along. 

Williams heading overseas would be the kind of substantial move from an All-Star that could actually put the fear of God into ownership. If a wide enough swath of players are able to make decent money overseas during the lockout, that kind of takes the bite out of the lockout, the entire point of this ridiculous power play. Essentially, the owners' ability to starve the union out would be mitigated, even with lesser players unlikely to be offered similar contracts. If enough players can find ways to create income and keep the union's position strong, the owners lose their biggest power position.

The flip side is that Deron Williams is playing in Turkey, though I'm sure Istanbul is very nice. With a wife and new daughter, that can be draining in terms of travel, though probably not moreso than the normal amount of travel he does during the course of the NBA season. Additionally, television reports of this nature are often sketchy and it wouldn't be the first time an international team has leaked information about a possible signing of a major American player before the chickens were hatched. We'd advise a healthy dose of skepticism here. 

Williams would join Allen Iverson among point guards labeled (under false pretenses or not) coach killers who have played in Turkey for Besiktas. FIBA has not released an official statement regarding their plans for clearance during the lockout.  

(HT: IamaGM.com)
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:47 pm

Allen Iverson cursed out cops during traffic stop

Former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson reportedly went on a profane tirade against police officers during a car stop. Posted by Ben Golliver. allen-iverson

The saga of former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson has taken another turn. Last week, Iverson was a passenger when a Lamborghini that he owns that was pulled over by police in Georgia for a traffic violation. 

In short order, CNN.com reports, Iverson went on a profanity-laced tirade, implying that police officers were out to get him and dropping the one line you can never, ever say to law enforcement and hope to get away: "Do you know who I am?"
Iverson became "irate," according to the police report, saying, "I'm the (expletive) passenger." The officer radioed for backup, and a second unit arrived, according to the report. Clisby and Iverson were asked to exit the vehicle, while Iverson continued to curse at the officer, the report said. 
"Take the vehicle, I have 10 more," Iverson said, according to the report. "Police don't have anything else (expletive) to do except (expletive) with me." He then asked, "Do you know who I am?"
The officer wrote in his report that "For the next 20 minutes, Mr. Iverson went on and on about who he was. I stated to Mr. Iverson, 'It really doesn't matter who you are. You tried to conceal your vehicle with a fake drive-out tag due to you not paying for your tags.' "
Iverson then said, "I make more money than you will in 10 years," according to the report.
Iverson signed a two-year contract with Turkish club Besiktas in the fall but was sidelined by a calf injury that required treatment and recovery here in the United States. Roughly two weeks ago, reports surfaced that Iverson would be returning to Besiktas shortly to join the club for their playoff run.

There's not much to take from this situation except that it's sad on a number of levels. Sad that Iverson feels targeted. Sad that he wasn't able to control his temper and comport himself more respectfully. Sad that police officers have to deal with abusive behavior on a daily basis. Sad that Iverson isn't in a jersey somewhere doing what he loves: hooping. 

This year hasn't been a good one for Iverson. Rumors of his financial difficulties and drinking problems. The boomerang trip to Turkey. The injury. Supposedly his health is back. Let's hope that once his body gets right his life falls back into place. If only it was that simple.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 18, 2011 3:33 pm
Edited on: March 18, 2011 3:34 pm

Allen Iverson to return to Besiktas of Turkey?

Allen Iverson is expected to receive medical clearance so that he can continue his career with Turkish club Besiktas. Posted by Ben Golliver. allen-iverson

When we last heard from former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson back in February, noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews said Iverson needed to spend 6-8 weeks resting his leg as he recovered from a calcium deposit in his calf. 

Six weeks have passed and ESPN.com reports Friday that Iverson "expects to receive medical clearance on Monday" so that he can make a return to the Turkish team, Besiktas, that he signed a multi-year contract with last fall. Iverson's business manager, Gary Moore, is quoted as saying Iverson is raring to go pending doctor's approval.
"He's going to start rigorous training as soon as he has clearance," Moore said. "He's determined to get back to playing."
"He's ready to go back," Moore said. "He just needs the word from Dr. Andrews."
Iverson's brief stint this fall and winter produced some amazing footage. After agreeing to sign with the team in October, he was mobbed at the airport and cheered at a soccer stadium. There were also rumors that he was set to retire and that he was broke.

When the extent of the injury was finally confirmed, Iverson's manager made it clear that Iverson, 35, wanted to continue his playing career as he remains under contract with Besiktas through next season. One of the league's most tenacious players and a lock to make the Hall of Fame, we probably shouldn't have expected anything less.

Iverson averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 assists in 31.4 minutes for Besiktas in seven Turkish league games before his injury.
Category: NBA
Posted on: February 1, 2011 5:19 pm

Another twist in the road for Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson will miss at least six weeks with a calf injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. allen-iverson

A few weeks back, rumors began circulating that Allen Iverson -- beset by a mysterious injury -- was ready to retire from basketball, which had taken him to the Turkish professional team Beskitas. His manager quickly shot down those rumors and Iverson returned to the United States for treatment, his Turkish experiment complete for the time being.

Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Iverson's issue is fairly serious.
Allen Iverson tweeted Monday that he hopes to return to his Turkish team in time for the playoffs at the end of March. But according to a statement from renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews, that could be an optimistic assessment. 
Andrews said Tuesday that Iverson requires "prolonged rest" totaling at least 6-8 weeks, along with an injection to treat a calcium deposit in his calf. The mass is in a "very precarious spot" because it is pressuring the main nerve and artery that go down the leg, Andrews said. 
The best-case scenario: Iverson is able to return to Besiktas this year and contribute during the playoffs. His motivation for a quick return is obvious: the team obviously wants him back as soon as possible, expectations demand that he deliver on his big-dollar deal, and his professional pride will surely be powering him through this rehabilitation.

The smarter scenario: Iverson takes the "prolonged rest" advice literally and holds off on a comeback until next fall. With seven or eight months to get right, Iverson, who is already 35 years old, would be doing his body a huge favor. His contract with Besiktas runs through next season and Iverson hasn't personally given any indication he won't fulfill that contract and potentially seek another deal after that.

Given these circumstances, the safe play is the slow play for The Answer. But keeping one of the game's all-time great competitors off the court, as many NBA trainers can surely attest, is easier said than done.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 12, 2011 5:37 pm
Edited on: January 12, 2011 5:41 pm

Report: Manager says Allen Iverson won't retire

Allen Iverson was reportedly set to retire from his Turkish basketball team after suffering an injury, but his manager says he will return to play forallen-iverson Turkish club Besiktas. Posted by Ben Golliver.

Early Wednesday, we noted reports that former NBA All-Star Allen Iverson was ready to retire from professional basketball after suffering an ankle injury while playing for Turkish club Besiktas.

Later Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that the retirement talk is a bit premature, as Iverson's manager, Gary Moore, said he "totally disputes" the retirement reports and said Iverson hopes to return in time to play for Besiktas during the playoffs. 

Moore also said Iverson is in "tremendous agony" because of a lesion on his right leg and that it will require further testing and surgery. 
"It has to be removed and tested to see if it's benign or not," Moore said by phone. "Once that's removed, Allen is going to look to rehabilitate his leg because the doctors tell him he'll be out four to six weeks, He's hoping to be able to play in the playoffs."
When Iverson first announced he was planning to play professionally in Turkey, back in October, we questioned his resolve to play overseas. Since then, it's been a wild ride for Iverson, as he was mobbed at an airport, cheered at a soccer match and lost in his debut performance. Nevertheless, Iverson stuck with it, averaging 14.3 points and 4.7 assists in seven appearances for Besiktas during league play.

There have also been rumors of financial problems for Iverson. He has denied that money is an issue, but retiring would likely mean forfeiting the remaining dollars on his 2-year, $4 million contract. The smart financial decision for Iverson is to reserve any judgment regarding his playing future until after whatever surgery or procedures he needs are completed. At that point, he'll be able to better assess both his ability and desire to continue playing.
Category: NBA
Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:25 pm

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

Posted by Royce Young

Shaquille O'Neal has bounced around quite a bit as his career winds down. From the Lakers to the Heat to the Suns to the Cavs to now with the Celtics. Shaq has put a deadline on his NBA career, often counting it down in interviews and on Twitter. Originally, he was going to be done after this season. But he signed a two-year deal with the Celtics to try and make anothe run at a title.

So currently, Shaq's got something like 675 days left. Give or take. Shaq's long said that his future after retiring from the NBA would be in law enforcement, but according to Seref Yalcin, the general manager of the Besiktas (where Allen Iverson is playing), Shaq is planning to play in Turkey after his NBA career ends. From Ajansspor, translated by Hoopnotes:

Seref Yalcin, GM of the Turkish club, said he was in the United States to meet with the center who said to him: “I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I’m coming to Turkey next year."


“Some people will still come out and said ‘Shaq won’t come to Turkey’,” Yalcin added. “But the chances are very high.”

Shaq's two-year contract includes a player option for the 2011-12 season, so he could opt out. People have long believed that Shaq would go get paid big in Europe after his NBA career ends, Shaq even mentioning this past summer he had big dollar offers. So maybe there's some truth to it. 

To be clear though, Yalcin didn't say it was for sure. There's no spit-in-the-hand-and-shake deal made here. He just said, "Chances are very high." And honestly, would you really put this past Shaq? I wouldn't, especially if he gets his title in Boston this season and a lockout pops up next summer.

I'm sure Besiktas would pay a hefty price tag to have Allen Iverson and Shaquille O'Neal on the same team. Funny how here, that would be a pretty terrible foundation to a team. But there, they're like the Euro Miami Heat. 

Via Celtics Blog
Posted on: November 21, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:00 pm

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

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
Posted on: November 19, 2010 1:19 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:54 pm

Allen Iverson and Turkish team to play on NBA TV

Former NBA all star Allen Iverson has taken his game to Turkey, but American fans can watch him play on NBA TV. Posted by Ben Golliver

Former NBA all star guard Allen Iverson has taken his talents to Besitkas Cola Turka, a Turkish professional basketball team, but that doesn't mean fans stateside can't follow The Answer's journey.  NBA TV announced on Friday that it will televise one of Iverson's upcoming games on Sunday.

Here are all the relevant details from the network's press release.
NBA TV announced today that it will televise Sunday’s game featuring 11-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson and his Turkish team Besiktas Cola Turka of the Beko Turkish Basketball League against the defending TBL champion Fenerbahce Ulker from Istanbul, Turkey.  This TBL game will air on NBA TV beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET) with Rick Kamla and Chris Webber calling the contest. 
Iverson, who spent 14 years in the NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, and Memphis Grizzlies, scored 15 points in his debut with Besiktas during Eurocup competition on Nov. 16, when they fell 94-91 to KK Hemofarm Stada in Istanbul.
I wouldn't be surprised if this game does decent ratings, given the gawking factor and Iverson's popularity among a niche die-hard. And you've gotta love that C-Webb is on the call. It's time to start brushing up on those pronunciations RIGHT NOW. To watch clips from Iverson's Besiktas debut, a 15 point effort in a losing cause in a European Cup against Sebian team Hemofarm Stada, click here.
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