Tag:Allen Iverson
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: January 12, 2011 11:00 am
Edited on: January 12, 2011 2:55 pm

Report: Allen Iverson to retire

Posted by Royce Young

UPDATE: According to Sportado, Iverson's injury isn't career threatening and he may not retire but instead have surgery and be out 6-8 weeks.

Not many thought it would last the two years he signed to play. Not many probably thought it would even last this long. But according to the Turkish publication Ajansspor, Allen Iverson is ready to retire.

Via HoopsWorld, the translation:
“Turkish Besiktas famous import, Allen Iverson, appears close to end his career in basketball. The former Philadelphia Sixers’ guard injured his left ankle recently and can’t stand the pain anymore. Later today, he will do a press conference to announce that he is going to have surgery in the United States and will be treated here. ‘Leaving the basketball world makes me sad but, sometimes, we have to accept things like they are. I can say goodbye to basketball,’ he revealed yesterday.”
As I've said before, I hated the fact that Iverson was even finishing up his career in Turkey, but the fact he's retiring there after an injury just makes me sad. It shouldn't have ended like this for The Answer.

Iverson appeared in 10 games for Besiktas (three coming in the Eurocup) and averaged 12.8 points and 4.2 assists in around 30 minutes per game. His team went 5-5 with him.

If this is truly the end for Iverson, it's been quite the incredible career. It started in Philadelphia and ended in Turkey, but the stuff in between was truly great. He won an MVP in 2001, took the 76ers to The Finals, fell out of love with Philly, then went to Denver and then was traded to Detroit. He stopped in Memphis for a cup of coffee before finishing his NBA career where it started, back in Philadelphia.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:05 am
Edited on: January 4, 2011 8:08 am

Shootaround 1.4.11: Confident Kendrick Perkins

Kendrick Perkins pretty much guarantees a Boston Celtics title, Michael Jordan visits David Letterman almost 20 years ago, Kevin Love sets some more rebounding records, Allen Iverson has his paper straight and Delonte West will remain on the shelf for longer than he had hoped. Posted by Ben Golliver.  shootaround
  • Celtics center Kendrick Perkins tells Yahoo! Sports that Boston would have beaten the Los Angeles Lakers in last year's NBA Finals had he not injured his knee. He also says no one can touch the Celtics in a series this year. “In seven games I don’t think we can be beat by any team,” he said. “Too deep. Too much experience. Too many hard-working guys. Too many guys that have a chip on their shoulder.”
  • Washington Wizards forward Andray Blatche, who was involved in a nightclub fight with teammate JaVale McGee in December that led to some talk of him being traded, admitted to the Washington Post that the rumors are affecting his play. "That bothers me some," Blatche said. "But that's the name of the game. I just gotta keep trucking along with it."
  • Boston Celtics guard Delonte West was super ambitious in his hope to return to the court quickly after injuring his wrist earlier this season, but Celtics President Danny Ainge says West's return isn't expected until near the All-Star break in February, according to ESPNBoston.com.
  • Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus with an interesting note: "History suggests that the best teams should have already separated themselves from the pack. Over the six seasons since the NBA realigned for the 2004-05 campaign, 83.3 percent of the teams that led their division as of New Year's Day have gone on to win at least a share of the division title. Via Basketball-Reference.com, all six eventual division champions were on top on Jan. 1, 2010." 
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.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 16, 2010 5:10 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:48 pm

Allen Iverson loses in Besiktas of Turkey debut

Former NBA all star Allen Iverson made his debut for Besiktas Cola Turka, a professional basketball club in Turkey, on Tuesday. Posted by Ben Golliver

Former NBA all star, and future Hall of Famer, Allen Iverson made his long-anticipated debut for Besiktas Cola Turka, the Turkish professional basketball team that recently inked him to a multi-year contract, on Tuesday.
Besiktas Cola Turka faced Serbian A-league team Hemofarm Stada in a European Cup game in Istanbul, Turkey. According to stats provided by EuroBasket.com, Iverson scored 15 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and committed two turnovers in 23 minutes of action.  According to wire reports, "Turkish fans shouted 'Allen Iverson, the son of Besiktas Cola Turka' during the match." allen-iverson-turkey2 Here's video of Iverson's Turkey debut, courtesy of EuroBasketTV. Around the three minute mark of the video, Iverson converts a 4-point play.  The pictures and video are pretty surreal, and not only because Iverson has traded in his familiar No. 3 jersey for a Besiktas No. 4. It's really him out there, but it sure doesn't feel like it given the surroundings.
Category: NBA
Posted on: November 10, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:40 pm

Allen Iverson cheered at soccer match in Turkey

Former NBA guard Allen Iverson has thousands of fans chant his name at a Besiktas FC soccer match. Posted by Ben Golliver

When former NBA all star guard Allen Iverson signed with Turkish basketball club Besiktas, it was a stunning decision and one we met with skepticism.  Turkey? Really? So far from home. So far off the basketball map. So far from Iverson's cult following in the United States. It seems we've seriously underestimated Iverson's global street cred.  First, Iverson was mobbed upon his airport arrival in Turkey like a long lost member of the Beatles. 

Now comes video of Iverson attending a Besitkas FC soccer match on Monday -- courtesy of TheDailyHeat.com --  and drawing huge cheers from the club's supporters. 

Iverson stands up to receive a ridiculously warm welcome from the crowd that reportedly numbered more than 30,000. Eventually, the group breaks into a loud, repeated chant of his name. The reception is legitimately goosebump-inducing and Iverson takes in the cheers with a huge smile, donning a team scarf as he shakes hands and meanders through the crowd. All of a sudden, Iverson's Turkish travels feels a lot more adventurous, and a lot less desperate. The Answer has always danced to the beat of his own drum, and it's nice to see, even in Turkey, that fans are happy to dance and sing along to that beat, at least for now.

Hat tip to J.E. Skeets.
Category: NBA
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