Posts Tagged ‘Bestikas’

Taking Their Talents To Turkey?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — There are plenty of risks and seemingly just as many rewards awaiting the player, or perhaps more appropriately the players, willing to take their talents to Turkey if the lockout continues into the fall.

By now you’ve read the reports about Nets All-Star point guard Deron Williams agreeing in principal to a deal to sign with Besiktas, the same team that signed Allen Iverson last season. Hawks center Zaza Pachulia, who has a Turkish passport, is reportedly close to agreeing to a similar deal.

While the pay for a potentially short-term gig in the Turkish league would be grand for players without contracts, there are those risks we mentioned. What if Williams or Pachulia were injured while playing overseas? (That’s a double whammy effecting both the player and his NBA team.) And what must Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov be thinking with the face of the franchise — acquired in trade that the Nets’ future is dependent on working out in favor of the team headed to Brooklyn — possibly headed to play elsewhere with free agency (2012) looming?


A.I. On Istanbul Express?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The response was overwhelming last month when we asked if Allen Iverson should head to China to continue his playing career, wait for some NBA team to call or hang up his Reeboks and call it a career.

Nearly 50 percent of the 17,000-plus votes cast were in favor of A.I. waiting for a call from some team in the NBA.

But now comes word, through his business manager to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports, that A.I. could be headed for Turkey.

[Iverson] is moving closer to an agreement with Turkish team Besiktas on a one-year contract that could pay him as much as $2 million with bonuses, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

“We are in very serious negotiations with [Besiktas],” Iverson’s business manager Gary Moore told Yahoo! Sports. “Istanbul is beautiful from everything we’ve learned. It’s not that far from the U.S., and the competition is good which makes it all attractive. Allen wants to play basketball.”

We’re going to take a stab here and guess that many of you A.I. loyalists are not terribly fond of him playing out his career anywhere other than the NBA.

But in the name of science (or not, depending on your point of view) we’ll open this door again: