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  1. Celtics drop NBA’s preseason opener to Turkish team 97-91

    Oct 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    ilkan Karaman, Brandon Bass

    Don’t read anything into the final score. Yes, the Celtics dropped their preseason opener 97-91 to Fenerbahce Ulker in Istanbul, Turkey. No, at times it was not really pretty — stretches of weak rebounding, too many turnovers and an offense that had fits and starts — but what do you expect in your first preseason…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Deron Williams, Nets GM King not hurt in Turkish earthquake

    Oct 24, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The 7.2 earthquake that has devastated Turkey has cost more than 260 lives (and that count is still climbing), wounded thousands and many more left homeless and in need of assistance. It’s natural in this kind of situation to wonder about people we know in the area, and that led many to ask on twitter…

  8. Deron Williams is blogging from Turkey and playing some 2-guard

    Oct 20, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Willia

    New Jersey Nets guard Deron Williams is over in Turkey, playing pro basketball for Beskitas, and he’s blogging about the whole experience on his website. Here’s a quick excerpt: This is my first year playing international ball, so I’m still just trying to figure everything out with regard to my role. Obviously I’ve played in…

  9. 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,…

  10. Ilyasova would rather play in Turkey than Milwaukee

    Oct 4, 2011, 2:38 PM EDT

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    If you had to choose between living in Milwaukee or Turkey, what would you choose? Ersan Ilyasova wants to choose Turkey, but may not get that option. Ilyasova is playing for Anadolu Efes in Istanbul during the lockout, although the Bucks have an option on him for the upcoming season and his deal has an…

  11. Video: Deron Williams is actually in Turkey

    Sep 8, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    Rumors of players going overseas to play during a possible lockout have been constant this off-season, but Nets guard Deron Williams is the highest-profile player so far to have actually signed a contract with an overseas team, Turkey’s Beskitas. The video itself isn’t all that riveting, but it does show that Williams is actually going…

  12. 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…

  13. Turkish head coach sticks up for Enes Kanter

    Aug 25, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Yesterday we brought you word how a highly-respected, old school Turkish national team assistant coach ripped Enes Kanter as not ready for the NBA. Which would be pretty bad news for the Utah Jazz as they drafted him No. 3 overall back in June. Today came the rebuttal, with the honors going to Turkey’s first…

  14. 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…

  15. Enes Kanter’s Turkish coach say he’s not NBA ready

    Aug 23, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Earlier today we told you how frustrated Utah Jazz draft pick Enes Kanter is with not having been able to play much the last couple of years (what with the NCAA sidelining him at Kentucky and now the lockout). We also have told you how that has impacted his game — he’s shown potential in…

  16. How does Enes Kanter look? Skilled but needs experience.

    Aug 15, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    Normally by this point in the summer we would have seen guys like No. 3 overall pick Enes Kanter in Summer League, and we would have overanalyzed his game and how he could do against rookies and guys who populate the end of an NBA bench. But not this year. Thank you very much lockout.…

  17. Patty Mills has not signed anywhere… but he will

    Aug 4, 2011, 8:55 PM EDT

    MILLS_PATRICK

    Yesterday we told you about reports out of Turkey that Trail Blazers back-up point guard Patty Mills was about to sign there to play during the lockout. Mills wants you to know that is not the case. Not yet anyway. Mills went on 750 The Game in Portland and kind of shot down the rumor…

  18. Farmar, Ilyasova, Wright three latest to sign in Europe

    Aug 3, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Jordan Farmar

    David Stern is so, so concerned about how players signing overseas might impact the players union. He is such an empathetic guy. Don’t think there’s anything self-centered about his comments at all. Nope. He’s not saying that hoping to divide the union. It’s only out of genuine, heart-felt concern. But outside of D-Will, only one…

  19. Players union VP Dooling near deal with Turkish team

    Jul 29, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    DOOLING_KEYON

    Right now, the NBA players’ union board is mostly made up of guys who are the rank and file of the league — Chris Paul is the only All-Star player in the group. Those rank and file guys — the guys not making $12 million a year or more — are the ones who might…

  20. Ersan Ilyasova reportedly agrees to play in Turkey, may skip out on the Bucks

    Jul 25, 2011, 6:38 PM EDT

    fan_g_ilyasova_sy_576

    The possibility of Deron Williams and the league’s top tier crossing the Atlantic to play their professional ball has all but consumed the day-to-day NBA chatter, but even the most solid bits of news on the subject come with a lack of permanence. Williams isn’t going to play in Turkey for the rest of his…

  21. 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:…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. It’s official, Vujacic signs for full season in in Turkey

    Jul 15, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Vujacic_Sasha

    Apparently they will be seeing more of Maria Sharapova in Istanbul. Her fiancé, former Laker and Net Sasha Vujacic, has signed a deal to play for traditional Turkish League power Anadolu Efes, according to the official site of the EuroLeague. This had been rumored and is not a surprise. It’s a good get for a…

  25. Union letter to NBA players: Keep looking overseas

    Jul 13, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    It’s all about leverage. In a letter sent out to 450 NBA players, players union Executive Director Billy commended Deron Williams and all but encouraged players to look overseas. He said that he did not think FIBA or the NBA would stand in a player’s way (FIBA would have to clear players under contract to…

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