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  1. Turkish team retires Deron Williams jersey after 15 games

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    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…

  2. Report: Lamar Odom agrees to play in Turkey during lockout

    Nov 25, 2011, 1:50 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    Only Billy Hunter and David Stern can now save us from “Khloe & Lamar in Istanbul.” There may be no greater reason to resolve the lockout and get the NBA players back to work. Lakers forward Lamar Odom has reached a deal to play with Besiktas in Turkey, joining the team that already has Deron…

  3. Report: Brook Lopez to join Deron Williams in Turkey

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like Turkish side Besiktas has found its NBA big man — and it turns out to be Deron Williams’ teammate. Brook Lopez is near a deal with the Istanbul-based team to join them for the remainder of the lockout, reports Kartal Basketball )via Sportando). The deal is in place and just needs to…

  4. Cavaliers center Semih Erden has surgery on thumb

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Turkey Serbia Basketball Worlds

    Quick an update on an injury we told you about previously. Cavaliers center Semih Erden has now had surgery on the thumb he broke in a game this week for Turkish side Besiktas, reports Sportando on twitter. He will be out at least six weeks with the injury. That means if a settlement to the…

  5. Video: Watch Deron Williams drop 50 in Turkey

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    I realize now that the headline on this post brings up memories of a legendary WKRP in Cincinnati episode, but that was not the intent. This is really the video of Deron Williams scoring 50 for Besiktas in Turkey. As expected, no guard in that league can really stay in front of D-Will. Which is true…

  6. Report: Turkish team in talks with Lamar Odom

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Khloe & Lamar in Istanbul? It might happen. Besiktas, the Turkish side that has Deron Williams at the point guard, is in negotiations with the Lakers Lamar Odom to join him, reports Marc Stein at ESPN. Besiktas has reportedly made runs recently at Kevin Love, Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng but have not been able…

  7. Cavaliers’ big man Semih Erden breaks thumb in Europe

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Turkey Serbia Basketball Worlds

    You knew the injuries would start to add up as NBA players started to find places to play in Europe. So far there hasn’t been a major one, but some minor ones are coming up. The latest is Cavaliers center Semih Erden, reports Turkish journalist Mete Aktaş (via Marc Stein of ESPN). Here are the…

  8. Kevin Love turns down Besiktas

    Nov 20, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Love Sits

    Besiktas is looking to add to Deron Williams with another NBA star, preferably one who can play in the frontcourt. They’ve targeted a number of players including Luol Deng to join Deron Williams in front of tens of thousands thousands of people in Istanbul. But one major players says he’s out of consideration, Kevin Love:…

  9. Kevin Love considering offer to play in Turkey

    Nov 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Kevin Love 2

    In our overseas roundup Friday, we told you that Besiktas — the Turkish team that has Deron Williams — was making run at Luol Deng, to provide a little inside presence. They also are talking to Kevin Love, and he tells Yahoo Sports he is seriously considering it. “I’ve been going back and forth with…

  10. Don’t expect a flood of NBA players to head to Europe now

    Oct 11, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    For a lot of players, the reality of the lockout came crashing down on them in the last 24 hours. Those same players have been giving lip service to the idea of heading overseas if the lockout dragged on, and you can bet some agents’ phones rang off the hook Monday night. Those players are…

  11. Just when the players need them most, overseas offers are more difficult than ever

    Oct 8, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    The big trend for players to go overseas was thought of, if not as a great equalizer in the lockout leverage game, then at least as a decent option of last resort. The players need to be able to show the owners they don’t need the only game in town. That’s pretty difficult on its…

  12. Deron Williams not impressing anyone in Europe so far

    Oct 6, 2011, 8:04 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    Deron Williams has not looked good. At all. There is no sugar coating it. A few games in playing for Turkish side Besiktas, the biggest name in the NBA to sign overseas has not impressed anyone. Williams led Besiktas into the EuroCup last week, which is a second tier tournament that took place in Belgium,…

  13. Report: Kobe tells Italian team he wants $15 million

    Sep 27, 2011, 10:14 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Korea Tour 2011

    Virtus Bologna — much like Turkish side Besiktas — is making a very public run at signing Kobe Bryant. Sure, they’d like to get him, but if they don’t this is still great public relations (and Manu Ginobili could be the fall back). If they are going to get him they are going to have…

  14. Deron Williams begins play with Besiktas in Turkey

    Sep 12, 2011, 1:50 AM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    Despite many, many people’s predictions that Deron Williams would never play a minute for Besiktas, the Turkish team based in Istanbul, Williams in fact started his tenure with Besitkas this weekend. From NetsDaily on Saturday: Deron Williams adventure began earlier than expected Saturday when his Besiktas Black Eagles beat perennial Euroleague power Montepaschi Siena, 93-91, in…

  15. By the way, Deron Williams still is not in Turkey. Yet.

    Sep 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    Deron Williams is by far the biggest name to sign overseas, and there were reports last week he was due to land in Turkey and start working out with his new team Besiktas. But not yet. Soon, but not yet. He may get there today, reports Hoopsworld. Deron Williams was supposed to arrive in Turkey…

  16. Deron Williams lands in Turkey, some still doubt he stays

    Sep 2, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Since July when he signed on the dotted line, Deron Williams has always sounded serious and excited about playing in Turkey for Besiktas, Since that same July day, there have been doubters, people in the game that say he will not play or not play long for the Turkish side. Thursday Williams boarded a plane…

  17. Deron Williams’ wrist still not all the way back

    Aug 29, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Larry Sanders

    Deron Williams was in Utah last weekend playing dodgeball. He was playing for charity. Not exactly the high stakes of playing dodgeball to save your gym from being bought by Globo-Gym, but still a very worthy cause. Williams was playing with Kyle Korver, C.J. Miles and Wesley Mathews. And he spoke with the Salt Lake…

  18. If you thought Phil Jackson was weird, check out Turkish coaches

    Aug 25, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Phil Jackson did some pretty out-of-the-box things as a coach — group meditation and drum beating to get his team focused and unified. That whole Zen thing of letting teams find their own way by not calling timeouts. But he has nothing on what is going on in Turkey. That is where Deron Williams and…

  19. Kobe Bryant breaks off negotiations with Turkish squad

    Aug 12, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is not going to Turkey. But other suitors still are seeking him out. Kobe and his agent Rob Pelinka met with representatives of Besiktas last week and the talks have broken off because the two sides could not reach a financial deal, reports Sportando.net. According to Obrad Fimic of Alti Sport who was…

  20. There’s smoke… and fire in talk of Durant joining Turkish team Besiktas

    Aug 10, 2011, 12:31 AM EDT

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    Oh, no. Not another “NBA Player rumored to be considering playing overseas” post. These are all the same. That Turkish team Besiktas keeps saying it’s talking to players and then nothing happens, players won’t even confirm they had the talks. It’s all a bunch of… oh, wait. Agent Aaron Goodwin told ESPN.com on Tuesday night…

  21. Report: Besiktas officials met with Kobe’s agent, to do so again

    Aug 5, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Officials from the Turkish team Besiktas finally did meet with Kobe Bryant’s agent Thursday, but Bryant himself wasn’t there. The two sides are supposed to meet again Friday. That’s the word via twitter from Turkish journalist Ismail Senol (the Turkish side of these talks continues to be the leaky one). According to club sources, Besiktas-Pelinka…

  22. Report: Kobe to meet with Turkish club Thursday

    Aug 3, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant walks off the court after Game 4 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    He’s not going. But when Kobe Bryant said the other day he had not talked to Beşiktaş officials in weeks, with his next breath he said he’d listen to offers — “I’m just waiting for my phone to ring.” Now Beşiktaş is calling and the two sides will meet Thursday, according to multiple reports out…

  23. Kobe to Turkey rumors will not die. We wish they would.

    Aug 1, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant talks during a news conference after the Lakers were knocked out of the NBA basketball playoffs in Los Angeles

    You thought the Kobe Bryant to Turkey rumors were over. You still don’t get it, do you? They will find him! That’s what they do! That’s ALL they do! You can’t stop them! They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever! The day…

  24. Kobe not talking to Turkish club, but he will talk overseas

    Aug 1, 2011, 8:01 AM EDT

    FC Barcelona v Manchester United

    Please, let this be the end of the Kobe Bryant to Turkey talk. Please. There have been plenty of rumors swirling about Kobe and talks with Turkish side Besiktas — most of it from club officials in Turkey thinking they had a real shot at landing him. That or playing the marketing game. Either way,…

  25. Report: There is no chance Kobe is playing in Turkey

    Jul 31, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    NBA basketball player Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles to fans upon his arrival at a stadium during his 2011 China Tour in Changsha

    This never made a lot of sense to us anyway — why would Kobe Bryant, a man obsessed with winning another NBA ring, risk injury and put more mileage on his knees to play in Turkey for Besiktas (the team that signed Deron Williams)? Still reports surfaced that he was to meet Saturday with the…

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