Coverage of Allen Iverson is hard to find while he’s in Turkey, but I’m going to try my best to put together the latest coverage and game recaps for Beşiktaş Cola Turka. In the latest game, and Allen Iverson’s debut in Germany, Beşiktaş Cola Turka took on BG Göttingen in game two of 2010-11 Eurocup play. Iverson showed he is getting more and more used to the European game: He collected a season-high 18 points in a season-high 31 minutes, shooting 5-of-11 from inside the arc and 1-of-2 from beyond it while knocking down all five of his free throws and collecting one rebound and one assist. Unfortunately, Iverson’s team lost to BG Göttingen in a thrilling 85-83 game.
Every one of the 4,202 spectators – a Göttingen club record since the game had to be moved to the Volkswagen Arena in nearby Braunschweig – was hoping to catch a glimpse of the old A.I., the former NBA MVP, 11-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA scoring champ.
“It was more than glimpses,” said Göttingen’s American coach John Patrick. “He had 18 points. He didn’t play a whole lot of minutes. But it showed that he’s really dangerous one-on-one. Even though we knew what his tendencies are, somehow he’s able to get his shots off and his balance is so good. Especially when you think that he’s 35 years old and he hasn’t played that much. And he’s still able to do this.”
Here’s a great interview byDavid Hein from Hein News – a one-on-one with the man himself. Some of the highlights below.
Iverson: I feel great. My whole thing is just to get my rhythm and getting into a game rhythm. Obviously I haven’t been playing games in a while. But physically I am, and I’m gonna knock on wood, physically I’m 100 percent right now when it comes to my body. I’m not dealing with any pains.
It’s great to hear that Allen Iverson is healthy. He just needs to adjust to a different kind of basketball game in Europe. Once he finds his stride, his team may be getting more wins in the future.