By now every basketball fan should know that 11-time NBA All-Star and 4-time NBA scoring champion Allen Iverson went on to sign a 2-year $4 million dollar contract with a professional ball club in Turkey. Iverson last played in the NBA during the 2009-2010 season with the Philadelphia 76ers but left the team due to family health issues.
Iverson created a media frenzy over his signing with Turkish Basketball League team Beşiktaş J.K. which is located in Istanbul which is the largest city in Turkey and hometown of Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu. The most notable American player to ever don a Besiktas jersey probably goes to Khalid El-Amin of UConn fame.
Iverson debuted with his Turkish ball club on November 16, 2010 scoring 15 points in a 94-91 loss to KK Hemofarm a professional basketball club from Serbia. Here are some highlights of Iverson during that game.
Iverson went on to have his highest scoring game with Besiktas with 26 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals on December 29, 2010.
Things were looking up for Iverson with the new year approaching but not long after the new year, Iverson packed his bags and headed back home to the US after injuring his troublesome right calf. Iverson was diagnosed with the injury as a calcium deposit with additional secondary bleeding. Iverson has opted out of surgery and has decided to instead rehabilitate the calf.
To make matters worse, Iverson’s Colorado 6-bedroom, 6-bathroom mansion is apparently in foreclosure. Iverson purchased the home in 2008 for $3,875,000 and a buyer is expected to close on the property in April for $2.85 million. Even with the sale Iverson will still be responsible for various fees associated with the foreclosure such as attorney fees, foreclosure costs, and default interest. Not a great way to start the New Year but if anyone knows Iverson, he’s used to battling big obstacles. Let’s just hope this is just a tiny chink on the Iverson armor and he gets healthy and continues to have a successful career in Europe earning that tax free money. Being the tiny guy on the court myself, I can’t help but root for the guy. Where do you think Iverson’s career path will head to?
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