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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. Players union pushing idea ‘Melo, other stars might play in Europe

    Jul 8, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Deron Williams has a deal in principle to play in Turkey should the lockout extend into September (and it almost certainly will be there at the start of the month). We have our doubts about how many other elite players will follow in those footsteps — but it is great leverage for the NBPA (the…

  5. Kobe “open” to playing in Europe. That’s different than going.

    Jul 7, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    They want him in Istanbul (and he does endorse Turkish Airlines)… But would Kobe Bryant play in Turkey? Or in Europe in general? He spent some years of his childhood in Italy, would he return as a professional? Maybe, according to the twitter account of Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Kobe Bryant is open to considering overseas…

  6. D-Will’s new Turkish coach also wants Kobe. Sure, why not?

    Jul 7, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    And I want to drive a Maserati GranTurismo convertible… Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul that has a deal in principle with Deron Williams in a real coup — one that has to get the clearance of international governing body FIBA still — plus has reached terms with  Zaza Pachulia…

  7. Are Cavaliers targeting Enes Kanter with No. 4 pick?

    Jun 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Turkish center Enes Kanter seems to have caught the eye of the Cleveland Cavaliers. He is coming back next Monday for a second workout with the Cavaliers and as part of that he is expected to meet with team owner Dan Gilbert, according to the Plain Dealer. What does that mean? Very hard to say,…

  8. Allen Iverson still wants to finish career in NBA

    Jun 7, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Former NBA player Allen Iverson waves to his fans after signing a contract with Besiktas in Istanbul

    There was a time — just a couple years ago — when Allen Iverson was not willing to accept a bench role in the NBA. A time when he became a distraction for the Grizzlies then 76ers, his play and attitude deteriorating to the point no team offered him a deal last summer. Now, back…

  9. Wolves would like to trade No. 2 pick, still get Kanter

    May 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    enes Kanter

    The Minnesota Timberwolves don’t know what they are going to do with the No. 2 pick yet — keep it or trade it. But maybe we know what their dream scenario will be. In his latest mock draft, Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick says this about Minnesota and the No. 2 pick: It should surprise no…

  10. Allen Iverson to start training to return to Turkey

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson left Turkey for a very sound medical reason — he had a lesion growing on his calf. For the past several months he’s been receiving treatment for it — shots of an anti-inflammatory drug around the lesion. It has worked and Iverson is ready to get back on the court, reports Ric Bucher…

  11. Mehmet Okur officially done for season

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

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    Mehmet Okur hasn’t really been part of the Jazz this season, having played just 13 games for them and having missed the last 22 due to a back injury. The team has now officially shut him down for the rest of the season. “His efforts and determination to return from his combined left Achilles’ surgery…

  12. Kobe Bryant’s Turkish Airlines commercial — and controversy

    Mar 3, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant pretty much walks on water in Los Angeles, he has a helicopter shuttle him to work from his home and nobody bats an eyelash. But he has angered one pretty large segment of the Los Angeles melting pot. (Well, L.A. is not so much a melting pot as a cobb salad, the individuality…

  13. 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…

  14. Flip Murray is heading to Turkey

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Flip_Murray

    After an unsuccessful tryout with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season, 31-year old journeyman guard Ronald Murray has signed a one year deal with Turkish Club Efes Pilsen. (Hat tip to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein for the report). Since being taken 43rd in the 2002 draft, Murray has averaged 9.9 points per game in stints with…

  15. Iverson headed back to U.S. for leg surgery, denies retirement report

    Jan 12, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson is coming back to the United States — but not to retire as a Turkish news service had reported earlier. An MRI has found a very painful lesion on Iverson’s ankle and he is returning from Istanbul, Turkey, where he had been playing to the United States for surgery and medical care, his…

  16. Allen Iverson injures ankle, reportedly considers retirement

    Jan 12, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    iverson-turkey

    UPDATE 2:32 pm: Here is what we know for sure — Allen Iverson suffered an ankle injury in Turkey severe enough to have the team get him an MRI. The official statement from the team said they will consider their options when they see the results. If the results are bad, the report below that…

  17. Allen Iverson says he is not broke, loving Turkey

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    iverson-turkey

    There were all sorts of bets and pools on how long Allen Iverson was going to last in Turkey with Besiktas Cola Turka. You will be giving your money to the people who thought he would stick it out. Robert Huber of Philadelphia Magazine went to Turkey and tracked down Iverson (via TrueHoop), coming back…

  18. Rick Pitino in talks to coach Puerto Rico’s national team

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Louisville

    We can say that this fits the PBT format because Rick Pitino once coached professionals (you can insert your Louisville basketball jokes here), or that the Puerto Rican national team features NBA players such as J.J. Barea and Carlos Arroyo. But the honest truth is we just find this fascinating. Pitino is in talks to…

  19. Kobe Bryant endorses Turkish Airlines, Los Angeles Armenian community protests

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Turkish Airlines is going to start non-stop service from Los Angeles to Istanbul next March, and they wanted to raise their profile in America and abroad with an international star as an endorser. Meet Kobe Bryant. He’s big worldwide and pretty much the king of Los Angeles, so the two sides inked an endorsement deal.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. Why Turkey? Apparently Allen Iverson needed the money.

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    iverson-turkey

    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…

  23. 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”…

  24. Allen Iverson has landed in Turkey, photos are classic

    Nov 8, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    We promise we will not be bringing you wall-to-wall coverage of Allen Iverson in Turkey. Even though when the European Turkish fans watch him jack up contested 15 footers ignoring the open guy beyond the arc, we want to see their faces. However, we do bring you this: The American basketball icon has landed in…

  25. It’s official, Allen Iverson is in Turkey, now an ambassador of the game

    Oct 29, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Iverson_turkey

    Just look at the photo from this press conference today, announcing Allen Iverson official signing a two-year deal with Besiktas Cola Turka in the Turkish league. (via Iverson’s site) Does anyone look happy? Iverson said he was happy to go, he has the chance now to be a basketball ambassador to the world. He’ll make…

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