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Shaq to play in Turkey next?

Posted on: December 8, 2010 12:25 pm
 
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."

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“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
Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 9:17 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

You mean to tell me that The Big Aristotle is not going to play in Greece, but instead for their hated rivals in Turkey?  I guess we will have to call him the Big Scimitar.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:22 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

Wait ... wait ...
Shaq must have thought they said "Who wants a whole Turkey?" 

yum yum, he said.  This of course after the McDonalds "Big Breakfast" didn't satisfy him. 



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:12 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

biggestAIfan,

"Bbowsh54. You couldn't see it possible for 3-5 mil per?  AI did it for 2 per because of money.  Endorsements are flowing in like crazy already though. They would be bigger gods over there then Lebron and Wade here!"

Money-wise, sure, it makes sense...  However, I can't see Shaq doing that.  For the past decade he's talked about his legacy and how he looks at Bill Russel as a role model.  He wants to be up there among the best centers of all time.  I think he would look at playing in Europe as a dark spot on legacy, where he couldn't cut it in the NBA anymore.

Like I said, if a lock-out happens, that gives him the excuse he needs to justify it.

Shaq has other interests in life.  He's big into law enforcement and he's always talked about his love of the movie industry.  I could see him getting involved with a police department somewhere or getting involved with TV somehow.  Allen Iverson has always been about basketball.  I think he didn't know what else to do, so playing basketball in Europe for more money was an obvious choice for him.

And I agree with you... Iverson was almost a pioneer in guard play for the NBA.  He may have had off-court issues, but you have to respect his game.  Pound-for-pound one of the best players ever to play the game.  The way he took over the league at that size was incredible.  People are quick to forget how good players were in their prime...

Anyways, great convo!  Take care.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:02 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

I never said he needs the money. Need has very little to do with it. If that was the only factor, most superstars would retire after one year. Bill Gates, Warren Buffet, Steve Jobs, Ted Turner, etc, etc, etc would have retired decades ago. The wealthy like to accumulate and hoard as much as they can.



Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2010 4:17 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

AI IS A PUNK



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:27 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

Bizona, I agree with FutureNole, I don't think Shaq needs the money, I think it's just to do something different. Maybe he knows he can dominate there with the less talented and shorter players but I been to Turkey and although it's a nice historical country, the people there are rude and disrespectful.  I couldn't walk 10 feet without some guy harassing me for money or selling me fake cologne even so much as grabbing my arm and threatening me.  I will never go back there again. Obvioulsy Shaq won't have this problem but if i were him, I would rather go play in Italy or Spain (western Europe) if he wants something different than the NBA.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:19 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

Bbowsh54. You couldn't see it possible for 3-5 mil per?  AI did it for 2 per because of money.  Endorsements are flowing in like crazy already though. They would be bigger gods over there then Lebron and Wade here!



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:17 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

Sometimefan.. Too bad you aren't ever SOMETIMES right... You seem like a fair weather fan. One who knows nothing, watch your mouth when speaking of AI.  He made the NBA what it is today with his braids and guard play.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:17 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

The only way I see this happening is if he wins a title with the Celtics this year AND there is a lockout...

Even then, I don't see it as "likely" from Shaq.  He cares a great deal about his NBA legacy.  When his career is over, it will be able law enforcement and maybe he'll try to make some more movies...

I cannot buy this as "highly likely."



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2010 3:16 pm
 

Shaq to play in Turkey next?

hey future Nole... Obviously you know nothing.  How much did he lose in his divorce?  How many mortgages does he have??  How many cars, houses, boats... Do your research before you speak


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