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http://www.businessinsider.com/allen-iverson-to-play-ball-in-turkey-for-4-million-2010-10

Allen Iverson To Play Ball In Turkey For $4 Million

With the NBA season opening this week and no suitable takers for his services, Allen Iverson will be taking his talents to Istanbul to play for Besiktas of the Turkish basketball league.

Iverson has agreed to accept a two-year, $4 million contact with Besiktas and will report to them by the end of the week. He reportedly turned down more lucrative offers from Chinese team, but instead decided to become the biggest NBA'er so far to move to Europe for his sunset years.

Whether he plans to lose interest in coming off the bench and get cut unceremoniously, like he did with his last three NBA teams, remains to be seen.

Besiktas' season started earlier this month and they are 1-1 so far.
 

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I dont understand why your so excited when its something exciting news for Muslim countries while they are spreading anti Israel and anti Semistic stuffs.

Why dont you post some of Turk "PEACE ACTIVITS" partying and taking photos with Islamic Jihad terrorists on this thread?
 

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I dont understand why your so excited when its something exciting news for Muslim countries while they are spreading anti Israel and anti Semistic stuffs.

Why dont you post some of Turk "PEACE ACTIVITS" partying and taking photos with Islamic Jihad terrorists on this thread?
:lol:

Arabs are Semitic because Arabic (as well as Hebrew) are semitic languages
Peace activists don't party with terrorists
 

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חבר1.0;65968743 said:
Turknology- isn't this your team? (Or do you only follow them for football?)
Nope, I support Galatasaray :smug:

But congrats to Beşiktaş anyway.
 

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I dont understand why your so excited when its something exciting news for Muslim countries while they are spreading anti Israel and anti Semistic stuffs.

Why dont you post some of Turk "PEACE ACTIVITS" partying and taking photos with Islamic Jihad terrorists on this thread?
Lousy way of thinking, both Israel and Turkey participate in European Basketball, and this is the most high profile transfer from the NBA by any club playing in Europe.

Maybe you should get your head out of your backside and not mix politics into everything.

PS: this is exciting news for European Basketball not for Muslim countries...
 

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I dont understand why your so excited when its something exciting news for Muslim countries while they are spreading anti Israel and anti Semistic stuffs.

Why dont you post some of Turk "PEACE ACTIVITS" partying and taking photos with Islamic Jihad terrorists on this thread?
There are also other things in someone's life...
 

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The "basketball" was just a trap.
 

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חבר1.0;65999247 said:
That's not true....etc etc
Sorry, but why are you hijacking your own thread, if you are intimidated by M-120 shame on you, you should be defending your own thread not bowing down to his will, unless you two have pre-agreed to take this thread in such a direction! If so, then shame on me for taking you serious enough to reply to.
 

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^^

You did the right thing, so no harm done.
 

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meanwhile;

Season opens with record 84 international players

By Official release
Posted Oct 26 2010 10:59AM

Opening-night team rosters for the 2010-11 NBA season feature a record 84 international players from 38 countries and territories. Twenty-eight of the 30 teams feature at least one international player. The league set its previous opening-night record in 2006-07, with 83 players from 37 countries and territories.

The Toronto Raptors have the most international players, with six, followed by the Dallas Mavericks and Utah Jazz, with five each. Eight teams have four international players.

The Raptors are also the most internationally diverse team, with six countries represented: Australia, Brazil, Italy, Lithuania, Nigeria, and Spain. The Jazz roster features representation from five countries and territories: Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, Jamaica and Nigeria -- countries that produced NBA legends Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon, respectively -- return to the list.

France is the most represented country, boasting 11 players, followed by Turkey, with five. Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Serbia, and Spain each have four players on NBA rosters.

At the end of the 2009-10 regular season, the NBA featured 79 international players from 35 countries and territories on team rosters (both active and inactive). In comparison, ten years ago NBA rosters featured 45 international players from 28 countries and territories on opening night of the 2000-01 season.
NATIONALITY NAME TEAM
Argentina Carlos Delfino Bucks
Argentina Emanuel "Manu" Ginobili Spurs
Argentina Andres Nocioni 76ers
Argentina Luis Scola Rockets
Australia David Andersen Raptors
Australia Andrew Bogut Bucks
Australia Patrick Mills Blazers
Belgium Didier "DJ" Ilunga-Mbenga Hornets
Brazil Nene Nuggets
Brazil Leandro Barbosa Raptors
Brazil Tiago Splitter Spurs
Brazil Anderson Varejao Cavaliers
Cameroon Luc Mbah A Moute Bucks
Canada Joel Anthony Heat
Canada Samuel Dalembert Kings
Canada Jamaal Magloire Heat
Canada Steve Nash Suns
China Yao Ming Rockets
China Yi Jianlian Wizards
Congo Serge Ibaka Thunder
Democratic Republic
of the Congo Christian Eeyenga Cavaliers
Dominican Republic Francisco Garcia Kings
Dominican Republic Al Horford Hawks
France Alexis Ajinca Mavericks
France Nicolas Batum Trail Blazers
France Rodrigue Beaubois Mavericks
France Boris Diaw Bobcats
France Ian Mahinmi Mavericks
France Tony Parker Spurs
France Johan Petro Nets
France Mickael Pietrus Magic
France Kevin Seraphin Wizards
France Pape Sy Hawks
France Ronny Turiaf Knicks
Georgia Zaza Pachulia Hawks
Germany Dirk Nowitzki Mavericks
Great Britain Kelenna Azubuike Knicks
Great Britain Luol Deng Bulls
Great Britain Pops Mensah Bonsu Hornets
Iran Hamed Haddadi Grizzlies
Israel Omri Casspi Kings
Italy Andrea Bargnani Raptors
Italy Marco Belinelli Hornets
Italy Danilo Gallinari Knicks
Jamaica Samardo Samuels Cavaliers
Latvia Andris Biedrins Warriors
Lithuania Zydrunas Ilgauskas Heat
Lithuania Linas Kleiza Raptors
Lithuania Darius Songaila 76ers
Mexico Eduardo Najera Bobcats
Montenegro Nikola Pekovic Timberwolves
Netherlands Francisco Elson Jazz
Netherlands Dan Gadzuric Warriors
Nigeria Solomon Alabi Raptors
Poland Marcin Gortat Magic
Puerto Rico Carlos Arroyo Heat
Puerto Rico Jose Juan Barea Mavericks
Russia Andrei Kirilenko Jazz
Russia Timofey Mozgov Knicks
Senegal DeSagana Diop Bobcats
Senegal Hamady N'Diaye Wizards
Serbia Nenad Krstic Thunder
Serbia Darko Milicic Timberwolves
Serbia Vladimir Radmanovic Warriors
Serbia Predrag "Peja" Stojakovic Hornets
Slovenia Goran Dragic Suns
Slovenia Beno Udrih Kings
Slovenia Sasha Vujacic Lakers
Spain Jose Manuel Calderon Raptors
Spain Rudy Fernandez Trail Blazers
Spain Marc Gasol Grizzlies
Spain Pau Gasol Lakers
Sweden Jonas Jerebko Pistons
Switzerland Thabo Sefolosha Thunder
Tanzania Hasheem Thabeet Grizzlies
Turkey Omer Asik Bulls
Turkey Semih Erden Celtics
Turkey Ersan Ilyasova Bucks
Turkey Mehmet Okur Jazz
Turkey Hidayet "Hedo" Turkoglu Suns

Ukraine Kyrylo Fesenko Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands Raja Bell Jazz
U.S. Virgin Islands Tim Duncan Spurs
Venezuela Greivis Vasquez Grizzlies
 

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Update:

Iverson agrees to play in Turkey

Ticketed for a playing stint in Turkey, Allen Iverson has scored 24,368 points over the course of 14 seasons in the NBA.
Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images

Allen Iverson has agreed in principle to a $4 million, two-year contract with the Turkish professional team Besiktas.

Iverson is expected to officially sign with the club this weekend and will begin his overseas career the week of Nov. 8. His management team put out a release Thursday night.

Iverson and Besiktas officials will hold a press conference Friday in New York.

"He's ecstatic," Iverson's manager, Gary Moore, said by phone. "He's very excited, very happy the people in Turkey want him, the people in Turkey appreciate what he brings to the game, and he can't wait to get over there."

The 2001 NBA MVP has been out of work since leaving the Philadelphia 76ers in March to deal with family issues. Moore said not a single NBA team contacted Iverson in the offseason.

Besiktas' executive board member, Seref Yalcin, traveled to the United States this week to meet with Iverson and work out contract details.

Yalcin, Besiktas owner Yildirim Demiroren and Iverson will attend Friday's press conference.

Iverson is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,368 points over a 14-year career with Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit and Memphis. He won the MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the finals.

Iverson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1996 draft and spent his first 10 seasons in Philadelphia. He was a four-time scoring champion, averaged 26.7 points and never won a championship.

He played three games for Memphis last season before he returned for a second stint with the Sixers. He averaged 13.9 points for the Sixers before he took a leave of absence in March because of family issues.

In his prime, Iverson boasted top-selling jerseys and sneakers and was a global superstar. His popularity never waned even as his production dipped - Iverson was voted an Eastern Conference All-Star starter last season.

Moore said Iverson had no concerns about playing overseas.

"The interest the people from Turkey have shown leaves us nothing to feel but very, very optimistic," Moore said late Thursday night. "I don't see why they wouldn't be. Look at everything Allen has done in his career. Look at the way he plays the game. I can really understand the people of Turkey being happy about getting a player of Allen's stature."

Iverson turned 35 in June and had wanted to keep playing in the NBA.

Bobcats coach Larry Brown, who led Iverson and the Sixers to the finals in 2001, called Iverson's situation "sad" earlier this week.

"What he's accomplished, I don't think you want to see him end his career this way," he said.


Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/20...verson.ap/index.html?xid=si_nba#ixzz13mOfn9oD
 

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I can't believe he is coming to Turkey and for "only" $4 million over 2 years. He probably must have wasted the tens of millions of dollars he earned in the NBA.

It will be interesting to see if he scores 50 points a game in the Turkish league. I think he still has it in him to put up crazy numbers.

 
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