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11-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson Agrees to Terms with Turkish Professional Team Besiktas

Press Release From President of Besiktas Sports Club Yildirim Dimiroren
Posted by Ultimate Pros 24 Hours Ago

Distinguished Press members and participants:
First of all I would like to welcome you all and express my pleasure for being here as the President of Besiktas Sports Club - one of Europe's biggest sports club to sign with one of the best ever basketball players, Allen Iverson. I would like to underline once more Besiktas is a big and strong club, having a history of 107 years with 14 sports branches and nearly 20 million supporters both in Turkey and all around the world. For all branches, Besiktas has one goal, and that is Championship! Allen again, this season, for basketball, we have started out for the Championship. Now we're transferring one of the best basketball players in the world. The only aim of Besiktas, with Allen Iverson, is definitely the championship in Turkey and in Europe. We at Besiktas believe that a player as Allen Iverson, who won top scorer of NBA four times and MVP title two times, will bring the championship title to the team. I personally believe that especially after seeing the enthusiasm and the excitement of Besiktas fans, he will make a huge contribution on the way to championship.
I must also add that not only Besiktas fans but also as all sport lovers in Turkey; we are waiting for Allen Iverson with great excitement.
As you all know, after Turkey won the silver basketball cup in 2010, the interest and the respect in basketball have been increased. The fact that a basketball star like Allen Iverson, will be playing for Turkey,and especially for Besiktas, I believe will accelerate and strengthen Turkish basketball as a whole. Currently, we have five Turkish players playing in the NBA.
I'm sure Allen Iverson will love Istanbul and Besiktas very much and will be very happy with us. We are very proud of transferring such a huge name. With Iverson's transfer, the fans and followers of Besiktas, not only in the USA or Turkey, but all around the world, will grow in numbers. From now on, the world of basketball will be watching Besiktas. Finally, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the board members especially Seref Yalcin, for their great efforts in achieving this transfer.
This year, the Besiktas Board concluded transfers of world famous soccer stars, like Quaresma and Guti. As a final note, today is the 87th establishment of the Turkish republic. Our joy is doubled by Iverson's transfer on this republic day. Happy Republic Day and welcome Allen Iverson.


Allen Iverson has agreed in principle to a two-year, $4 million contract with the Turkish professional team Besiktas. Iverson is expected to officially sign with the club this weekend and will begin his overseas career the week of November 8.

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Comment by Roberto Colio on November 3, 2010 at 10:40am
Yo congradulations to Allen Iverson his family and the Turkish Basketball team, their gain is our lost, I'll miss him a lot, I have his oringinal philly 76's basketball jersey and still where it proudly, a great talent, I'm sure he will be successful over there, Good luck and God Bless.
Comment by Big Shot... on November 2, 2010 at 4:50am
Do what ya gotta bro., this is how its goin down these days, you mind as well get it while you still can....
Comment by Kim Wilson on November 1, 2010 at 11:42pm
Congrats to A.I., my daughter's basketball idol. He will change perceptions, turn heads and educate many more people on the world stage with his talent. I wish him safe passage, success in this next stage in life ad I hope he can return for a nice go 'round in the NBA for which he had an impact that will never be truly honored. This, as an African Man living in America, is an all too familiar theme to a tiring, centuries old HIStory of the United States.

Please don't forget to vote Nov 2 in the midterm elections NYers!!!
Comment by Li Baptiste on November 1, 2010 at 1:29pm
I wish AI and Turkey the best of luck and that they benefit each other.
Comment by KeveyKev on November 1, 2010 at 8:57am
Best wishes ti A.I. the best pound for pound player ever in the NBA, and future NBA hall of famer
Comment by Rootsman on October 31, 2010 at 9:38pm
Gwaan wid yuh bad self'll always b my Star!!
Comment by jay on October 31, 2010 at 9:16pm
i admire A.I s willing to go play outside of USA.hes expanding his horizon as far as basketball is concerned.outside of the NBA one can still find great basketball being played around the world.i think americans are just spoiled with the nba and they think its the only league where great basketball is played but its not.Nuff respek to A.I and best wishes my dude!..

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