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  1. Kobe Bryant to be in on meeting with Turkish squad

    Jul 29, 2011, 11:06 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

    We’d already told you that Kobe Bryant’s people would be meeting on July 30 (Saturday) with officials from the Turkish club Besiktas, but it turns out Kobe himself will be in on the talks, according to Reuters (via ESPNLA). As we mentioned in previous stories, every time Kobe’s people speak things are cautious, every time…

  2. Report: Kobe Bryant to meet with Turkish team July 30

    Jul 25, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    I’m really weary of the “Kobe Bryant to Turkey” rumors. Here is what it comes down to: Kobe’s camp sounds hesitant (at best) and say the two sides haven’t really talked much, officials from Besiktas are overly optimistic. That comes through in another report from Turkey, via Slam. The interview is with Seref Yalcin, the…

  3. Wait, wait, now Kobe Bryant’s NOT talking to Turkey. Wait 30 seconds, there will be another update.

    Jul 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant dun

    So he’s going, but wait, no, no he’s not. Wait, no he is! Totally talking to them! No, wait, no, no he’s not. From Yahoo! Sports: Kobe Bryant is “nowhere near any kind of a deal,” in Turkey, source tells Y! “Not even close.” He’s listening to offers, but that’s all now. via Twitter / @WojYahooNBA:…

  4. Report: Kobe to meet with Turkish club officials in August

    Jul 22, 2011, 8:52 AM 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

    We’re still not sure how serious this is from Kobe’s side, but Turkish club Besiktas — the club that signed Deron Williams to play for them next fall and had Allen Iverson last season — is still trying to court Kobe Bryant. The club’s very talkative coach explained to the Los Angeles Times how the…

  5. Besiktas coach confirms talks with Kobe, but don’t expect a deal

    Jul 21, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas (which recently signed Deron Williams) knows marketing. Which means he knows Kobe Bryant is the most popular NBA player internationally, so if you want to generate some heat, talk about him. Reality of the situation be damned. Which is what he did when D-Will was signed,…

  6. Iverson talks Turkey, legacy, wanting back in NBA

    Jul 20, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson has been there and done that. We mean he’s done just about everything, including playing overseas. While NBA players are now flirting with European teams during the lockout, Iverson spent last season playing for Besiktas in Turkey (the team that signed Deron Williams). Well, when he wasn’t injured. In an interview with CSNPhilly.com…

  7. NBA “European vacation” roundup: Kobe a long shot

    Jul 20, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the NBA lockout drags out — and the two sides are not expected to talk seriously until August — the rumors about NBA players heading overseas continue. All these rumors should be taken with a grain of salt — for one, international basketball governing body FIBA has yet to rule if an NBA player…

  8. Report: Kobe Bryant was near deal with Besiktas in Turkey prior to match-fixing scandal

    Jul 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    Hey, so that whole thing about Besiktas being in trouble for football match-fixing? Yeah, bad timing on that. Jonathan Givony from Draft Express reports that Besiktas was nearing a deal for Kobe Bryant for $450,000 a month. That’s a $250k increase over what Deron Williams is reportedly getting. Which makes sense, since Bryant is arguably…

  9. Report: Turkish team which signed Deron Williams has its accounts frozen

    Jul 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Allright, so this one’s a little complicated. Let’s work the NBA angle and go backwards. Deron Williams signed with Besiktas. He even tweeted a photo of the signed contract and everything. But of course, that could get messy if the team can’t pay him. There have been concerns about overseas players betting paid in general…

  10. Deron Williams confirms he has signed in Turkey

    Jul 15, 2011, 11:12 PM EDT

    Deron-Williams

    It’s official, we saw it on twitter. Actually, it’s official because Deron Williams tweeted it and added a picture of his signature on a contract with Besiktas. Williams has signed a deal that will have him playing in Turkey this fall if the NBA lockout isn’t resolved. Well, maybe it will, but he has signed…

  11. Deron Williams new Turkish team not great about paying players

    Jul 13, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    Talk with any hoop player who has worked outside the very highest levels of European basketball and they can tell you horror stories about trying to get paid. Check out what former Cavalier Lance Allred told Sports Illustrated today, about the $160,000 he never got from an Italian team. Stories like that are common. Among…

  12. Deron Williams has no fear about playing in Europe, says he’s going ‘for the experience’

    Jul 10, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    When word came out that Deron Williams was headed to Europe to play for Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul, there was a flurry of questions that came out. Would he really pay for that little money? (Because apparently $200,000 a month is “little.”) What about being away from his family? (You mean like he is…

  13. Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams

    Jul 8, 2011, 12:22 PM EDT

    Deron Williams presser

    This is the second time in two years that Besiktas — a team that finished sixth in a Turkish league that is not considered one of the top divisions in Europe — landed and paid for a big time NBA star. Last year it was Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Fame player but a…

  14. Iverson out another 6 to 8 weeks after calf procedure

    Feb 1, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson’s calf issue that brought him home from Turkey turns out to be pretty serious. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com got the details from Dr. James Andrews, who said Iverson could be out another two months or more. Andrews said Tuesday that Iverson requires “prolonged rest” totaling at least 6-8 weeks, along with an injection…

  15. Shaq to play in Turkey next season?

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Well, it’s not even noon but we have our winner for weirdest story of the day locked up. My work here is done. You all remember how Allen Iverson is playing basketball in Turkey right now (and sitting the fourth quarters). Well that has apparently emboldened his Besiktas general manager to start approaching other NBA…

  16. Rumors surfacing that Iverson wants out of Turkey. He denies it.

    Dec 4, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    iverson-turkey

    UPDATE 10:00 pm: Iverson on his twitter account denies these rumors, saying he is enjoying the experience and building good chemistry with his teammates. What else is he going to say? You can choose to believe whatever you wish here, the “answer” will come with his actions soon enough. 9:30 pm: What was the under/over…

  17. 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”…

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