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Allen Iverson says he’s not ready, Turkey debut delayed

Nov 12, 2010, 5:13 PM EDT

Allen Iverson

Iverson was supposed to debut for Istanbul’s Besiktas in Turkey on Friday, bringing his unique brand of American isolation basketball to the backwards, ball-sharing Europeans. Enlightening them.

But not so fast, he’s not ready, according to the Associated Press.

Team manager Murat Murtezaoglu told The Associated Press the 11-time NBA All-Star “did not feel ready” to play Friday and instead watched from the stands as his new team beat Oyak Renault 87-81.

Murtezaoglu said he expects Iverson to make his debut at Besiktas’ European Cup home game against Hemofarm Stada on Tuesday.

Murtezaoglu needs to learn to be careful of expectations.

  1. j0esixpack - Nov 12, 2010 at 11:08 PM

    I think November 25th would be a much better day for a Turkey debut

    • thestudiokida - Nov 13, 2010 at 2:15 AM

      Nice. He should do it just for the pun.

  2. omniusprime - Nov 13, 2010 at 9:46 AM

    That Turkey team will soon discover they got snookered by the NBA’s biggest turkey player, a self serving ballhog. We all know that AI stands for Arrogant Incompetence! Time for the media to stop paying attention to this perennial loser and whiner!

  3. zblott - Nov 13, 2010 at 2:57 PM

    Here’s a recent piece about AI’s legacy with highlights:

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