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Why Turkey? Apparently Allen Iverson needed the money.

Nov 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

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The sad sideshow that Allen Iverson has become came into our living rooms Sunday, with NBA TV broadcasting Iverson’s most recent game with the Besiktas Cola Turka Black Eagles. The result was limited minutes with and two points.

The whole thing leaves you wondering why. Why he couldn’t fit in with an NBA team? Why no team was willing to take another risk on him (although watching him play and seeing his attitude last year, you kind of get it)? Why he decided to go to Turkey in the first place?

The last question may have been answered by a fantastic piece written by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Kate Fagan, who flew to Turkey to find out that not that many people in Turkey care about Allen Iverson. She ads this tidbit.

The 76ers’ former all-everything guard is broke – by all accounts except his own – and playing here in Istanbul for a number of reasons, none of which is to become an ambassador for Turkey’s solid, but often overlooked, professional league.

Iverson has made about $154 million in salary during his NBA career, plus he had multimillion dollar endorsement deals. He will make $4 million for two seasons in Turkey. It is certainly not impossible that he is broke, just sad.

But that is kind of how you end up here, at this point in the story. The odd and sad end of one of basketball’s most interesting and unique careers.

  1. 8dollarbeer - Nov 22, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Another example of giving an uneducated person money, and watching them squander it away on dubs and ice. If I were broke I wouldnt turn my nose up at comming off the bench in the NBA.

    • downtowndanny - Nov 23, 2010 at 3:07 AM

      ok 8dollarbeer, what makes you an expert on “uneducated people” aka black ball players, keep it real, say what you mean, say it the way mommy and daddy taught you. the world is full of idiots with college degrees that still blow all their money, so whats your point? “squander it on dubs and ice” or squander it on student loans, a mortgage, the suv, and starbucks everyday, whats the difference? you’re still a pawn, but somehow you think your way is better, you sound like a fake liberal hypocrite. go look in the mirror you’re no better

  2. zblott - Nov 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    The legacy of Allen Iverson, complete with highlights video:

    http://www.hoopskarma.com/hk/2010/10/22/legacy-friday-allen-iverson.html

  3. thestudiokida - Nov 22, 2010 at 5:19 PM

    If you’ve ever heard Iverson speak you know he ain’t smart. I never judged him for his tattoos, dreads, or baggy clothes…. but I do judge stupidity. I don’t want to see him fail but I certainly don’t feel sorry for him.

    • downtowndanny - Nov 23, 2010 at 2:59 AM

      ok, thestudiokida you sound completely ridiculous. when did Ai ever have dreads? Should he feel happy that you haven’t judged him for his baggy clothes and tats, wtf, really? what are you talking about? of course you shouldn’t feel sorry for him if he blew 154 mil, thats just dumb, but you sound ridiculous

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