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Turkish team retires Deron Williams jersey after 15 games

Nov 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

Deron Williams AP

It was a unforgettable, magical whirlwind of basketball these past couple months in Istanbul. I guess.

Besiktas, the Turkish team that had Deron Williams while lawyers argued BRI on the other side of the globe, decided to send D-Will off with a jersey retirement ceremony, reports Deadspin (and the video is below).

D-Will looked pretty sloppy (and a little heavy) at the start of the season but by the end was dropping 50 on teams that could not begin to match his athleticism. He finished averaging 21.8 points and 6.5 assists per game.

This makes sense in that D-Will is the best player ever to play in the Turkish league (with all due respect to Mehmet Okur and Zaza Pachulia).

Now Williams will return to the United States and holding the Nets hostage in the last year of his deal.

As a consolation prize, the Turkish league gets to keep Sasha Vujacic, who did not sign with an NBA out.

  1. edmazeing1 - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:09 AM


  2. theoleboy - Nov 30, 2011 at 11:39 AM

    Mariah Carey’s ‘My All’ for a jersey retirement? Why not, right?

  3. cosanostra71 - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    I miss Sasha. Not so much on the court, but the hairstyles and his girlfriend.

  4. Josh Perez - Nov 30, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    I heard of instant fame, but this is a little extreme.

  5. LPad - Nov 30, 2011 at 4:24 PM

    So I guess D Will going to Turkey wasn’t the disaster the media told us it would be.

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