This is sad news coming out of Turkey: Allen Iverson plans to have a lesion removed from his right leg in the United States and intends to rejoin his Turkish team in time for the playoffs. This after speculation from Turkish media that Allen Iverson was set to retire. Gary Moore, Iverson’s longtime manager, said Iverson told him Wednesday that he doesn’t plan to retire because of the painful condition.
Moore said Iverson has a lesion that is pressing up against the bones of his leg and requires surgery in the U.S.
“It has to be removed and tested to see if it’s benign or not,” Moore said by phone. “Once that’s removed, Allen is going to look to rehabilitate his leg because the doctors tell him he’ll be out four to six weeks, He’s hoping to be able to play in the playoffs.”
Besiktas spokesman Kursat Kaplan said Wednesday the team would assess Iverson’s future after another MRI this week.
Moore had no timetable for Iverson’s surgery, only that that it was “soon.”
“People need to know that Allen is and always has been a fighter,” Moore said. “He’s got a battle ahead of him.”
Moore said Iverson “totally disputes” reports out of Turkey that he was set to retire.
The 11-time NBA All-Star has said he’s happy with his new career in Turkey, though his start has been mixed since playing his first game in November.
Iverson, the NBA’s Most Valuable Player in 2001, agreed to a $4 million, two-year deal with Besiktas after no NBA team offered him a contract. Moore said Iverson last played Saturday.
“This is the most pain he’s ever felt from any injury he’s had,” Moore said. “He’s been in tremendous agony.”
This is sad news for AI Fans – Let’s hope that AI’s operation is successful and he can return to action soon.
In the latest Beşiktaş Cola Turka match, Allen Iverson posted 11 points and 5 rebounds but narrowly came up short against Galatasaray. With seven seconds left, Beşiktaş got the ball inbounds from the far end of the court and A.I. ran it up, driving right through the lane as he had earlier in the period to beat a four-on-one situation in the lane. Iverson then fed Michael Ignerski for the jam with a second to play … but the big man bounced it off the rim instead. (See video below for some Iverson highlights and Beşiktaş’ sad ending.)
Allen Iverson rare interview about life in Turkey so far.
Two days ago, Allen Iverson finally broke his silence from the media in Turkey. It was Philadelphia Magazine that cracked Iverson’s no-media embargo. He was asked about many topics ranging from whether he was playing in Turkey because he is broke from gambling debts and bad investments to why he thought he was not in the NBA.
Here’s some quotes from the man himself:
“Everybody is making a big deal out of the money and making $2 million — what do people want me to do? Sit at home and just watch basketball, or play at the Y.M.C.A.?” Iverson said. “I had to do what I had to do to continue playing basketball.”
It’s true, for the fans it’s a lot better to have A.I. playing than not. He did what he had to do to continue his career.
He blamed rumors about his gambling for leading to his exit from the Detroit Pistons in 2009. The Detroit News ran a blog post charging that Iverson had been banned from Detroit’s three casinos, then removed it from its site and archives.
Iverson said he thought the word was put out in the N.B.A., through the Pistons’ front office, that he was trouble.
“I think that situation basically destroyed my N.B.A. career,” he said. “I honestly believe that.”
Gambling and drinking rumors have followed Iverson, and he said he did not know why.
“You find out when dealing with people that doesn’t have nowhere near as much money as you, that a lot of people who don’t have that money and can’t fathom it, would never understand,” Iverson said. “If I had that much to lose and I know it, then it’s not a problem for me.”
Iverson continued: “I don’t remember getting any D.U.I.s or going to jail for getting drunk in public. I’ve never been reprimanded or anything, with any team or anything like that, because of any drinking.”
Iverson’s family, which includes five children and wife, Tawanna, which whom he has recently reconciled, is expected to move to Istanbul soon. Tawanna had filed for divorce last spring, but Iverson said the couple was trying to save their marriage.
Allen Iverson’s old teammate Eric Snow says he knows Iverson wants to get back to the NBA. But Iverson says no. He’s done that, had his career there. He’s in a new place now, a city and country that have embraced him. There are millions more fans out there, all over Europe, that he can play for. And that’s what he intends to do, because the truth is, Allen Iverson has nowhere else to go.
In the latest game for the Eagles, Allen Iverson produced 26 points on 9-of-16 overall shooting and dished out five assists and snagged three steals. A.J. Ogilvy, who is playing on another level since the Iverson acquisition, contributed 18 points and eight rebounds. Unfortunately, it was another loss for the Eagles, but great effort from AI nonetheless.
Here are the highlights:
Wow, what a year it has been. 2010 has been a roller-coaster of a year. From the return of Iverson to the Philadelphia Sixers, the place he was crowned the MVP to his first-ever international stint in Turkey. Allen Iverson has been through a lot this year and we at Allen Iverson Live have continued to deliver you the latest news.
Thanks to everyone for continuing to visit. As we grow one year older, we also reflect on everything that AI and this fan site has accomplished.
Happy New Year everyone. Keep visiting for the latest on AI in 2011!
Update: seems like the story of Allen Iverson wanting to play in Sydney may be fabricated by an Australia paper (Daily Telegraph). There is no mention of the tweets on Allen Iverson’s official twitter page.
Daily Telegraph (Australia) claimed that Allen Iverson said (on Twitter) that he would like to end his career in Sydney, Australia.
“I am very happy here in Istanbul, but if I don’t return to the NBA I am considering a move to Australia after my two-year contract is up.
“I hear Sydney is a real good city to live in. my boy Rodney O asked me to come over. I am comin!”
This coming after Sydney basketball icon Rodney Overby and the Sydney Kings team in the Australia NBL step up their bid to bring Allen Iverson.
Kings boss Bob Turner is also working on the bid to lure Iverson to Sydney.
“I’ll definitely pursue the idea of bringing Iverson to the Kings,” Turner said.
“He’s making a lot of money playing in Turkey and fitting him under the NBL’s $1 million salary cap is something we’d have to work on, but I wouldn’t rule him out. It was Iverson who opened the door.”
Realistically, this doesn’t seem possible and Allen Iverson has not come out and officially announced it. It sounds like Allen Iverson has become victim of the Australian media this time.
Here’s a nice little video highlight reel from Allen Iverson’s recent game against German team BG Göttingen.
Nice 360-lay-up during warm-ups at the 2:06 mark.
Here’s an English translation of the original report:
“Besiktas Cola Turka management has rolled up their sleeves to bring another NBA superstar to Istanbul. Besiktas fans and management, who are very pleased with the arrival of Allen Iverson, have now set their sights on luring Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal overseas. […]
Iverson’s manager Gary Moore suggested to Besiktas Vice-Chairman Erdogan Toprak and Head of Basketball Operations Seref Yalcin the possibility of bringing in the Boston big man at the end of the season. Moore, who played a critical role in Iverson’s signing with Besiktas, is in constant contact with O’Neal and could be an intermediary in securing an agreement. […]
Along with Iverson, O’Neal’s teammate and Turkish national Semih Erdem would be a great reference for Besiktas. […] The team’s management has already begun working on preparing a deal for next season.”
What do you think of the possibility of a Shaq-Iverson duo dominating the European basketball scene? It would certainly make Besiktas Cola Turka the most star-studded team in Europe. With the potential of an NBA lock-out next season, this dream may seem closer to reality than you think.
It looks like Allen Iverson and Beskitas have finally turned a corner, after a well-balanced attack and a fourth-quarter comeback against Asvel Basket in Turkey last night, 80-74. Four Beşiktaş players – Cevher Ozer, Serhat Cetin, Fedor Likholitov and Mire Chatman – scored in double figures; Iverson added nine points, 5 boards and 3 assists while the Eagles got eight each from A.J. Ogilvy and Michel Ignerski.
In other news, there are rumours that Shaq may join Allen Iverson in Turkey if the NBA ends up in a lock-0ut next season.
After bringing Allen Iverson, Besiktas now pushed for the transfer of the Boston Celtics’ star Shaquille O’Neal. Seref Yalcin, GM of the Turkish club, said he was in the United States to meet with the center who said to him: “I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I’m coming to Turkey next year.”
Yalcin also said Iverson served as an intermediary, talking with Shaq to convince him to sign with the Turkish club. Shaquille O’Neal has signed a two-year contract witht he Boston Celtics but the second year is a player option, which means that, if a lock-out is confirmed in the next months, this scenario isn’t completely unthinkable.
“Some people will still come out and say ‘Shaq won’t come to Turkey’,” Yalcin added. “But the chances are very high.”
Well, everyone thought that the arrival of Allen Iverson was impossible. And it happened. We don’t see O’Neal come to Europe before he’s 40 but we also never say never.
There have been rumours floating around lately that Allen Iverson is unhappy in Turkey. Not sure where these rumours are coming from, but they must be from all the skeptics that said he would never sign to play in Turkey. Allen has tweeted on his twitter page denying those rumours:
What’s up everybody? I want all of yall to know that I am very happy here in Istanbul. My family and I are making this our home. The Fans and my Teammates here are great, and we are building good chemisty. For those of you who really care about be just know this, I am very pleased and I am enjoying this ride! God Bless.
There’s always going to be skeptics out there shooting AI down. Hopefully, AI will come out and prove them wrong, again.
Phil Jasner, one of the most famous writers in Philly sports history, died at 68. Condolences go out to Phil Jasner’s family. Even Allen Iverson admired Phil Jasner.
Allen Iverson opens up an e-Bay store.
Allen Iverson makes European debut for Besiktas Cola Turka
Former NBA MVP Allen Iverson made his debut for Besiktas Cola Turka in a 94-91 loss against Hemofarm Stada. The ex-NBA MVP produced 15 points, three rebounds and two assists in 23 minutes in Istanbul on Tuesday.
During the game, Turkish fans cheered the 1996-97 NBA Rookie of the Year. At one point, the crowd at the venue cheered, “Allen Iverson, the son of Besiktas Cola Turka.”
Allen Iverson has his first European Win after Beşiktaş Cola Turka beat Trabzonspor 94-85. Iverson dominated the first half on the offensive end.
Iverson’s line ended up showing 14 points and 8 assists contributed – and all but three of those points came in the first 20 minutes of play. How involved was A.I. in the Beşiktaş offense? In directly contributing to at least 27 Eagles points, the halftime score stood at 41-41.
Next up: The Iverson show travels to France to play Asvel Basket in week three of Eurocup basketball on Tuesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 7.30pm CET (1.30pm EST).
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.
In the first NBATV televised game of Turkish club Besiktas, Allen Iverson was held to only two points, but he didn’t have much to do with it. Besiktas Cola Turka lost 74-67 to defending champion Fenerbahce Ulker on Sunday. Iverson missed three shots in the first quarter and was taken off with less than a minute left. He returned at the beginning of the second half, but did not score until late in the third. He then returned to the bench for the rest of the game.
There’s been a lot of analysis going on around the blogsphere on Allen Iverson’s journey in Turkey. I’ve seen a couple of stories floating around about how Allen Iverson is only playing in Turkey because he needs to the money. To which AI’s response was
“It’s not a problem, it’s not a problem – money,” Iverson said at an Oct. 29 news conference in New York. “Obviously if it was about money, I would jump out there and say, ‘You want me to come off the bench? How much money are you paying? It wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not about money or anything like that.”
His second game with the club—and debut in the Turkish league—is hardly enough to judge him or his basketball future, especially when we know so little about what’s really going on. With that, it seems as if we are once again where we started.
The moment that Allen Iverson fans in the US have been waiting for – NBA TV will televise Allen Iverson and his Turkish team Besiktas Cola Turka this Sunday. Playing the defending Turkish Basketball League champion, Fenerbahce Ulker from Istanbul, we’ll get to see A.I. ballin’ against some legit competition as well.
The game will air on NBA TV beginning at 3:30pm EST.
In his debut on Nov. 16, Iverson scored 15 points during Eurocup competition, eventually falling 94-91 to KK Hemofarm Stada in Istanbul. Perhaps the best part about the game this Sunday? Iverson’s former teammate Chris Webber will be calling the game alongside Rick Kamla.
In his highly anticipated debut game in Turkey, Allen Iverson scored 15 points but failed to grab the victory for his team. Hemofarm Stada defeated Besiktas 94-91 in a European Cup game on Tuesday in Istanbul. Turkish fans shouted “Allen Iverson, the son of Besiktas Cola Turka” during the match.
Besiktas Cola Turka faced Serbian A-league team Hemofarm Stada in a European Cut game in Istanbul, Turkey. According to stats provided by EuroBasket.com, Iverson scored 15 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out two assists and committed two turnovers in 23 minutes of action.
According to wire reports, “Turkish fans shouted ‘Allen Iverson, the son of Besiktas Cola Turka’ during the match.”
Around the three minute mark of the video, Iverson converts a 4-point play.
The pictures and video are pretty surreal, and not only because Iverson has traded in his familiar No. 3 jersey for a Besiktas No. 4. It’s really him out there, but it sure doesn’t feel like it given the surroundings.
It seems we may have to wait for a bit longer to see Allen Iverson play his first game in Turkey. The former N.B.A. All-Star Allen Iverson’s debut with the Turkish basketball league team Besiktas has been postponed. Murat Murtezaoglu, the team manager, said Iverson “did not feel ready” to play Friday and instead watched from the stands as his new team beat Oyak Renault, 87-81. Murtezaoglu said he expected Iverson to make his debut at Besiktas’s European Cup home game on Tuesday.
In an amazing spectacle, Allen Iverson is announced into the Turkish team Beşiktaş. Allen Iverson talks about his first practice in Turkey.
This is remarkable. Allen Iverson hasn’t played a game yet, but still managed to have 32,000 fans chant his name at a soccer match.
Iverson stands up to receive a ridiculously warm welcome from the crowd that reportedly numbered more than 30,000. Eventually, the group breaks into a loud, repeated chant of his name. The reception is legitimately goosebump-inducing and Iverson takes in the cheers with a huge smile, donning a team scarf as he shakes hands and meanders through the crowd.
All of a sudden, Iverson’s Turkish travels feels a lot more adventurous, and a lot less desperate. The Answer has always danced to the beat of his own drum, and it’s nice to see, even in Turkey, that fans are happy to dance and sing along to that beat, at least for now.