Besiktas Cola Turka

Turkish team has special sponsor to pay for Williams

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This is the second time in two years that Besiktas — a team that finished sixth in a Turkish league that is not considered one of the top divisions in Europe — landed and paid for a big time NBA star. Last year it was Allen Iverson, a future Hall of Fame player but a [more]

Don’t expect a flood of top NBA players to Europe

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There is some logic to why Deron Williams would sign with Besiktas Cola Turka to play next season. For one, it puts some pressure on the NBA owners in the Collective Bargaining talks (although not that much). Williams is coming off wrist injuries at the end of last season and this would let him get [more]

D-Will’s new Turkish coach also wants Kobe. Sure, why not?

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And I want to drive a Maserati GranTurismo convertible… Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas in Istanbul that has a deal in principle with Deron Williams in a real coup — one that has to get the clearance of international governing body FIBA still — plus has reached terms with  Zaza Pachulia [more]

Deron Williams will play in Turkey if lockout lingers

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UPDATE 10:58 AM: Maybe we were wrong. Apparently Nets star Deron Williams does plan to play in Turkey if the lockout lingers, Marc Stein of ESPN tweeteed: Sources w/knowledge of Deron Williams’ plans confirm his intent to play for Besiktas in Turkey if lockout continues Multiple sources now confirm the story. The key part here is [more]

Iverson headed back to U.S. for leg surgery, denies retirement report

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Allen Iverson is coming back to the United States — but not to retire as a Turkish news service had reported earlier. An MRI has found a very painful lesion on Iverson’s ankle and he is returning from Istanbul, Turkey, where he had been playing to the United States for surgery and medical care, his [more]