On Friday afternoon, inside the upscale St. Regis hotel in midtown Manhattan, Allen Iverson signed a two-year/$4 million contract with Turkish club Besiktas.
The former 76ers star guard, who returned to Philly last season to play 25 games, will be in Turkey a week from today and is slated to make his Besiktas debut on Nov. 20. After signing the contract on the podium, and posing for pictures with his new No. 3 jersey, Iverson answered questions about his overseas move. And there are plenty of questions to answer when a former NBA All-Star, one of the league's most famous players, can't get a job in the NBA and instead becomes the first big-time star to play in Europe.
If you want to watch the videos from today's press conference, there should be one embedded in this post and another in the Deep Sixer video player below on the right. The one embedded is of Iverson initially signing the contract and then posing with his new jersey. You can hear the music playing in the background. All and all, it was quite a surreal scene.
Let's attack each topic, one by one. First, as all Sixers fans know, Iverson did not finish last season with the Sixers because of a sickness with his daughter. After the season ended, Iverson's wife also filed for divorce. Combine those things and it becomes a pertinent question: Where do those issues stand?
"It’s definitely resolved," Iverson said. "As far as our situation, me and my wife, it’s a work in progress, but it’s a lot better than it was. My daughter is better. If those situations weren’t better at this time, there’s no way I would have made the decision that I made to sign."
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