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Allen Iverson in Turkey.

Discussion in 'NBA Dish' started by Marteen, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Marteen

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    I guess this is like MLS with Europe? Even though it's great for Europe, it's still kind of sad seeing him leave the NBA.

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    STANBUL -- Former NBA star Allen Iverson arrived in Istanbul on Monday to begin a stint with Turkish club Besiktas, promising to give fans "something they haven't seen before."

    Dozens of fans greeted the 11-time All-Star at Ataturk Airport. Sporting a Besiktas jersey and a Philadelphia Phillies hat, Iverson waved at fans from inside his car before being driven to his hotel.

    Allen Iverson was greeted by fans of his new team upon his arrival in Istanbul.
    Iverson, who agreed to a $4 million, two-year contract with Besiktas, is the Turkish league's biggest signing. He has called his move to the Istanbul club "a chance to get back on track with my basketball career" after no NBA team was willing to offer him a contract this season.

    Many see his stint in Turkey as a test of his ability to revive his NBA career because teams are likely to monitor Iverson's performance and behavior at Besiktas. The guard has said he still believes he can play in the NBA and hopes his performance in Europe will lead to another chance next season.

    His career has been troubled by numerous run-ins with coaches and team officials. He's also had several legal problems that landed him on probation.

    Iverson is expected to make his debut with Besiktas on Nov. 13 when the team plays Oyak Renault at its home arena that seats about 4,500 fans. The club hasn't won the Turkish league since 1975.

    "They were great," Iverson told NTV sports channel of the cheering Besiktas fans who welcomed him at the airport, adding that "the most important thing is to be accepted, to be wanted and to be appreciated."

    Iverson urged fans to come out and support the team. The player also said he would be "interacting" with the fans as much as possible.

    "Before I leave, I'll be speaking a lot of Turkish," he said.

    Iverson is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,368 points, winning the Most Valuable Player award in 2001 when he led the Philadelphia 76ers to the finals. He spent 10 seasons in Philadelphia before moving to Denver and Detroit, ending up in Memphis last season.

    He only played three games before returning for a second stint with the Sixers, where he averaged 13.9 points in 25 games. He took a leave of absence toward the end of the season to deal with some family matters.

    Iverson was initially due in Istanbul on Saturday, but his arrival was delayed by two days, and a pre-match celebration of his signing at the arena was postponed. Besiktas said a light and music show to welcome Iverson will take place on Tuesday.

    Iverson joins American guard Mire Chatman and Australian center A.J. Ogilvy on the Besiktas squad. The rest of the team is made up of players from Turkey, Russia and other Eastern European nations.
     
  2. YaoZow

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    Iverson looks excited to be there.

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  3. Mr. Clutch

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    What's up with the dudes escorting him
     
  4. Shroopy2

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    Yeah it looks like they're yanking him OUT rather than escorting him in
     
  5. YaoZow

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    "home arena that seats about 4,500 fans"

    That max capacity is worse than the crowd at Rockets playing the Timberwolves.
     
  6. Keyser Soze

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    For a moment I thought the thread title said, "Allen Iverson eats Turkey"
     
  7. v3.0

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    For a moment there I thought the thread title said "Allen Iverson is a Jive Turkey".
     
  8. RV6

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    cola turka? That sounds like it should be an insult in spanish.
     
  9. rrj_gamz

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    Dayummm....we talking about practice?

    Well, good for him to be doing something...guess he needs the money? or is it the love of the game...I have a friend that lives there so I'll ask him to see what he thinks...
     
  10. Prince

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    Just in time for the Thanksgiving.
     
  11. QdoubleA

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    Look where pride will get you.
     
  12. KingCheetah

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    Someone should have shown Iverson Midnight Express before he signed the contract.
     
  13. LCII

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    Expect to see T-mac there next season.
     
  14. leebigez

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    I was watching it on nba tv and it was electric. It must have sent chils down the spine of iverson the way so many people were so excited to see him play. He still has gas left, but his ego wouldn't allow him to be a bench player. Good for iverson, keep playing until you get tired of playing.
     
  15. BigSherv

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    In the video he was smiling a lot. Then the mob formed and he looked scared.
     
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    as long as he's not eating too much baklava, he'll be ok on the court.
     
  17. Prince

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    Looking forward to that...

    Tmac: I was McGrady back in the states.

    :grin:
     

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