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Turkish team, Iverson still talking; “penalties” seems to be issue


A decision could come any day now, but Allen Iverson is still talking about taking his talents to Turkey to play for Besiktas Cola Turka, according to the Associated Press.

Sanem Helvacikoylu, in charge of foreign relations for the team, said Friday that Besiktas is a big club and has conditions in the contract, including “penalties.” She would not elaborate.

But Turkish media has reported that Iverson asked to be exempt from penalties or he would agree to pay a fixed minimal amount.

Helvacikoylu says the talks are ongoing “without interruption.”

To be clear, “penalties” are fines. Which is what we heard was the stumbling block before.

This also tells you exactly why NBA teams have not jumped at Iverson (well, this and how he played and acted last season): He is concerned about how much money Besiktas could take away from him to the point of it putting a deal in doubt.

It could be talk of money should Iverson get an NBA offer, although from what we’ve been told that shouldn’t be much of a concern.

It also could be more of not an “I’ll be good so I won’t get fined” situation, it’s a “let’s limit the inevitable fines so it doesn’t cost me too much” situation. That attitude tells you all you need to know about Iverson now. Larry Brown is right, this is a little sad, but you notice Brown isn’t jumping in to help. Not a coincidence.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.