After agreeing to play for Turkish basketball club Beskitas late last month, 11-time NBA All-Star Allen Iverson finally arrived in Istanbul on Monday. Dozens of hoops fans showed up to Ataturk Airport to greet Iverson, who wore his new team’s jersey (now #4) and a Philadelphia Phillies ball cap. Iverson then headed over to BJK Cola Turka Arena, where a signing ceremony was held for him.
Thousands attended the signing event, including members of the media, to celebrate the new Beskitas acquisition. While Michael Jackson’s “Jam” played in the background, Iverson appeared before his new fans, giving them gestures of thanks. A.I. then took the stage to officially sign his new deal. The new deal is reported to be for 2 years and worth $4 million dollars. A second year opt-out clause has been included as well, should Iverson decide to make a return to the NBA.
This all comes after a summer in which Iverson could not find a NBA home. Though teams don’t question whether or not he can still play, there are plenty of concerns regarding his attitude. Iverson and his camp hope a well played and behaved stay in Turkey can lead to another opportunity in the NBA.
Also worth noting is that Iverson wore the brand new Reebok Zig Slash basketball shoe to the event. Iverson maintains a relationship with the brand, despite the fact that his Reebok signature line stopped with the Answer XIII last year.
Do you’ll think we’ll see A.I. on a NBA court once again before he calls it quits?