Tag:Allen Iverson
Posted on: November 9, 2010 9:34 am
Edited on: November 10, 2010 5:28 am
 

Shootaround 11.9.10: LeBron's not happy

Posted by Royce Young
  • Dwight Howard has been pretty awesome this season and Eddy Rivera looks in depth at his start: "This may finally be the season that Howard becomes an elite two-way player. There are those that might be surprised that this phenomenon is occurring, but they shouldn’t be. There were hints that this was going to happen during the 2010 NBA Eastern Conference Finals, when Howard took his game to another level offensively in Games 4 through 6 and began to make mince meat of Kendrick Perkins and Rasheed Wallace, two defenders that have been able to shut him down many times in the past. Howard, more than anything else, began to understand that he needed to use his finesse, not strength, to score on Perkins and Wallace. It’s the realization that there are different ways to score based on the situation that has allowed Howard to use different aspects of his offensive repertoire when need be. Taking what the defense gives you. Howard is doing a lot of taking lately."
  • Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Al Horford's incentives: "Horford said the five-year, $60 million contract extension he recently signed with the Hawks also includes incentives that could increase the total value to about $67 million. The incentive clauses are based on Horford earning various superlatives, such as being voted to one of three All-NBA teams."
  • If you want to endorse KD, you've got to go to OKC: "I always told myself if I play the game the right way, if I always get better, things like this are going to come to me," Durant told The Oklahoman. "I don't have to go other places just to get this. I don't want to sound like a prima donna. But if companies want to come out here and be a part of what I have going on, they're going to have to come to Oklahoma City."
  • Phil Jasner of the Philadelphia Daily News: "It does not seem to matter that Allen Iverson is 35, that his best days are behind him, that he struggled last season in three games with the Memphis Grizzlies and 25 with the 76ers. All that matters is, Allen Iverson is coming. In true Iverson fashion, he was supposed to be there Saturday, to be greeted by throngs of people, to sign autographs, to be introduced to his new teammates with Besiktas. But he missed his flight, supposedly because he arrived at the airport without his passport."

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

Video: Allen Iverson arrives in Turkey

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.


Category: NBA
Posted on: November 5, 2010 6:27 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Iverson misses flight, postpones introduction

Posted by Royce Young

The Allen Iverson European vacation is off to a roaring start. His new team, Besiktas Cola Turka, postponed Iverson's big public introduction and press conference to welcome him to the team and its fans.

The reason? Because Iverson missed his flight to Istanbul and his arrival is delayed until Monday. As Ken Berger very sarcastically and aptly put it, "Who could have seen that coming?"

Now there has clearly been skeptics about Iverson's decision to continue playing basketball by going overseas. I can't help but see it as a shame that Iverson is finishing his career out this way. But on top of that, with the way Iverson has fizzled out with his latest opportunities with teams here in the NBA, hopes aren't high for a successful tour in Europe.

Iverson signed a two-year contract to play with Besiktas, one of Turkey's larger clubs. It's worth a total of $4 million, but a lot of that is based on how much Iverson actually plays. He'll see a $300,000 bonus when he actually gets there though.

But with the way this thing is starting, it's kind of hard to picture Iverson playing a full season over there, much less a full month. If there were an office pool for Iverson's return to the States, you could put my name on Jan. 1.
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 29, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Turkey is officially official

Allen Iverson signed with Besiktas, a professional basketball team in Turkey, during a press conference in Manhattan. Posted by Ben Golliver Earlier this week, we noted two reports (here and here) that linked former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson to the Turkish club Besiktas. Last night, Iverson's management company issued a press release confirming that Iverson had agreed to sign a 2-year, $4 million contract with the team and that he would sign it during a ceremony at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. That ceremony took place today and, from the looks of it, I wish I had been there. This picture, for example, is pretty incredible, as Iverson is either holding his future jersey, a tent flap or maternity clothing, I can't tell which. Kate Fagan reports that Iverson plans to move his family to Turkey with him and that he claims money is not a problem.
"It’s not a problem, it’s not a problem – money. 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. It’s the fact that I want to play and contribute what I can give to a basketball team. I made a ton of money playing in the NBA and all I want to do is play basketball and be happy. I’m at the point in my career where mentally and physically I know I can play basketball and that’s what I want to do. If I can’t play in the NBA, but I want to play basketball, that’s a decision I have to make."
Here's some video of the signing, via Philly.com, which shows Iverson shaking hands with Besiktas executives. What a surreal scene, and my immediate impulse is to conclude that, despite Iverson's move halfway across the globe to play basketball, we'll be seeing The Answer pop up from time to time for many years to come. Unfortunately, I'm cringing at that thought. Hopefully Iverson gets this back on track before he reaches Tyson Territory.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:27 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Turkey confirmed by Besiktas

Allen Iverson has reportedly agreed to join Besiktas, a basketball team in Turkey. A top official has confirmed that the move is likely. Posted by Ben Golliverallen-iverson
Last night, we noted a Yahoo! report that states all star guard Allen Iverson is set to agree to terms with Besiktas, a prominent basketball club in Turkey.  Today, the Associated Press reports that a top official for the club believes a deal will be reached.
Besiktas executive board member Seref Yalcin told the Anatolia news agency Monday that he will travel to the United States to discuss terms of a possible deal with the 11-time NBA All-Star and former scoring champion.
Yalcin said he would discuss "a variety of details" with Iverson later this week. He said issues included schools in Istanbul for Iverson's children.
Yalcin said "I think this transfer will take place."
AFP news agency provides greater detail and more quotes from Yalcin.
"Unless there is a massive difference of opinion, we think he will come to Istanbul in 10 days. "Our agreement is for a year with the option of extending it by another year. We have agreed wages of 1.5 million dollars for the first year, to which will be added a bonus of 300,000 dollars on his passing a medical after arriving in Istanbul," he added.
Iverson crashed and burned out of the NBA twice last season, first in Memphis and then later in a return trip Philadelphia, so it's not a huge surprise he wasn't able to drum up NBA interest. But Turkey? It seems a random and far-fetched home for Iverson. The question for The Answer: how long will he last?
Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Allen Iverson agrees with Turkish club Besiktas

Allen Iverson has reportedly agreed to sign with Turkish club Besiktas. Posted by Ben Golliverallen-iverson Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports are reporting that former Philadelphia 76ers all star guard Allen Iverson has agreed to sign with the Turkish club Besiktas.
Allen Iverson has agreed in principle to sign an incentive-laden, two-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas of the Turkish professional league, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night.
Iverson plans to sign the contract this week, the sources said, and is expected to report to Besiktas the week of Oct. 31.
Iverson’s contract will give him an opt-out clause after this season. 
Given how Iverson crashed and burned out of the NBA twice last season, this move is not without risk for Besiktas. However, there's potential reward too, in the form of the international interest and profile that comes with adding a future NBA Hall of Famer. If there's a question about The Answer these days, it's one of reliability. Istanbul, although a modern, international city, is a long way from home in Newport News, Virginia. And, unfortunately, Iverson hit Barry Bonds territory last year, after refusing to come off the bench with the Memphis Grizzlies and attempting a hero's return to Philadelphia but then disappearing quickly amidst all sorts of accusations of gambling and drinking. While this signing isn't creating the same stir as "God Chose Memphis", Iverson's once-in-a-generation personality and skills will be a draw no matter where he takes his act.  My guess is Besiktas won't be the final stop on A.I.'s journey.
Posted on: October 11, 2010 1:31 pm
 

Report: Iverson close to deal to play in Turkey

Posted by Royce Young

According to Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo!, Allen Iverson is moving close to an agreement with the Turkish team Besiktas on a one-year contract that could pay him around $2 million with bonuses.

"We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],” Iverson’s business manager Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “Istanbul is beautiful from everything we’ve learned. It’s not that far from the U.S., and the competition is good which makes it all attractive."

Reportedly, a contract has been sent from Besiktas and now it's in Iverson's hands to sign. But a deal could take as long as 10 days to finalize. The major hang-up was Iverson’s reluctance to let Besiktas fine him beyond 1 percent of his $1.5 million base salary, according to the report.

Iverson had potentially more interesting offers to play in China, but supposedly playing in Istanbul intrigues him. Iverson's last three NBA teams - the Pistons, the Grizzlies and the 76ers - didn't end especially well. That's why he's been forced to look overseas to continue his professional basketball career. Iverson couldn't so much even get a training camp invite from anyone. Plainly put, nobody else wants him.

Besiktas is a pretty high-profile team in Turkey. It's considered one of the three top clubs in Turkey and has a nice fanbase. However, recently the team has been wrapped in financial troubles plus a lawsuit from American player Lonnie Baxter over failure to pay his salary and agent fees. I bet that part sounded awesome to Iverson.

So in other words, have fun in Istanbul, Allen. Here's to hoping this ends well for you.
Posted on: August 20, 2010 3:04 pm
 

Report: Hornets, Magic interested in Iverson

Former All-Star reportedly getting interest from New Orleans, Orlando despite age and ego problems.
Posted by Matt Moore

Allen Iverson has been shut out of every team in the NBA for the past three months. After his return to Philadelphia with the 76ers ended when he was forced to leave the team to take care of his ailing daughter, Iverson has been unable to convince a team to sign him, despite interest. Now, however, that may be changing.

Sam Amico of NBA.com reports via Twitter that both the Hornets and Magic have expressed interestin bringing Iverson in for a workout. For what it's worth, Marc Stein of ESPN.com refutes the report concerning the Hornets,

The Hornets would make more sense, with a recently opened hole at backup point guard now that Darren Collison has been traded, and a lack of depth at shooting guard. But new GM Dell Demps doesn't seem like the type to want to bring in a divisive figure like Iverson, especially given his age and diminished skills.

The Magic present a stickier alternative. The Magic have Jameer Nelson, with Jason Williams backing him up, and Vince Carter and J.J. Redick locked in at shooting guard. Throw in the fact that the Magic's system primarily relies on long, athletic shooters and not short, high-usage ball-handlers, and the fit seems like an odd one.

Still, if teams are looking for a veteran with some spring in his step that can come off the bench and get buckets, there are worse alternatives than Iverson (and his name is Jannero Pargo). We'll keep you updated if a team takes the leap of faith on Iverson.
 
 
 
 
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