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Allen Iverson agrees with Turkish club Besiktas

Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:01 pm
 
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.
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Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: October 27, 2010 8:55 am
 

Allen Iverson agrees with Turkish club Besiktas

Iverson will enjoy Istanbul and Besiktas fans here for the next two years and much possibly the motivation here by the hot Besiktas fans will inject him what he needs to be reborn..
We are very willing to give him a warm hello here in our arena; don't miss it guys and girls from US.




Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 10:24 am
 

Allen Iverson agrees with Turkish club Besiktas

What a sad chapter in the career of maybe the best pound for pound player scorer the NBA ever saw.  The chances of this working are slim.  How is Iverson going to react when he's getting fouled every play and the ref doesn't call a foul.  This could get ugly real quick.  Maybe he needs to get away and start fresh, but it seems that he might be boozin' and druggin' still.  If there is drug or alcohol testing there he won't last.  The people who represent Iverson are insane.  They said they can't figure out how an NBA team isn't interested in the services of their client.  Allen does want to win, but he believes hehas to do it all by himself like he did in Philly 10 years ago.  I saw him force lots of shots for Denver in the playoffs a couple of years ago when he was still averaging over 20 a game, whereas I saw Nash play smarter and within himself and the framework of what Phoenix was trying to do.  Even though he wasn't treated right in Detroit, his actions there and in Memphis was not professional.  And then in Philly last year he stopped showing up, despite having a few good games.  It really seems true the gambling and alcohol took its toll in Philly.  It was like he was grasping for breath during the games.  He couldn't overcome his injuries and personal demons last year.  if these games are physical in Turke I don't see how he will survive unless he has gotten sober.



Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: October 25, 2010 10:21 am
 

Allen Iverson agrees with Turkish club Besiktas

Should be interesting because he still has NBA-talent.  He's not really washed up yet.  Hard to insult a guy who just doubled what he would've gotten paid from the NBA.  $2 million a year BEFORE endorsements. 



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