Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 at 12:11 pm  |  24 responses

Shaq May Join Iverson In Turkey After NBA Season Ends

According to the leading Turkish newspaper, Hurriyet, Besiktas Cola Turka’s next target may be NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. The story is now all over the Turkish, French and German press. Here’s an English translation of the original report: “Besiktas Cola Turka management has rolled up their sleeves to bring another NBA superstar to Istanbul. Besiktas fans and management, who are very pleased with the arrival of Allen Iverson, have now set their sights on luring Boston Celtics center Shaquille O’Neal overseas. […] Iverson’s manager Gary Moore suggested to Besiktas Vice-Chairman Erdogan Toprak and Head of Basketball Operations Seref Yalcin the possibility of bringing in the Boston big man at the end of the season. Moore, who played a critical role in Iverson’s signing with Besiktas, is in constant contact with O’Neal and could be an intermediary in securing an agreement. […] Along with Iverson, O’Neal’s teammate and Turkish national Semih Erdem would be a great reference for Besiktas. […] The team’s management has already begun working on preparing a deal for next season.”

(Thanks to SLAMonline contributor Yusuf Atahan Erim for the deft translation.)

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  • Drew

    The Big Turkey

  • spit hot fiyah



    lame… fu#k turkey n turks n shaq…armenia lives 1915 never again..

  • Stillballin

    That’s Ai only chance to be a champion if shaq play in turkey..it might happen if the price is right.. But I dought it’s gonna happen..

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    Drew ftw

  • Brian

    Shaq is signed for next year with Boston. Mr. Moore might want to stick with jumping jacks and dodge ball.

  • http://actually hiphopcop

    actually players have already thought about playing overseas if there is a lockout, so Shaq to Turkey next year is not a stretch to believe.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Try again in 2012. ……. Lakers legend is on some real shit.

  • http://slamonline.com SWIFTboy

    Fight MMA instead! Shaq vs Hung Man Choi.

  • rashado

    @Brian his deal next year is a player option…

    but yeah i agree that there is little chance of this happening.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    if this lockout goes down…..

  • http://google c_cantrell

    it would actually be kinda funny to see these two playing together in turkey lol

  • 6marjons

    this’ll happen when michael jordan anounces another comeback

  • fizzbuzz

    This is a pretty misleading title, all it actually says is that Besiktas wants Shaq. Like, big fat deal. Besiktas can want whoever they please, but getting them is another reality.


    The Big Turkey gave me a chuckle. lol

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    wrong title, no story here, …

  • http://theurbangriot.com The Nupe

    wrong title – how so? Shaq MAY go to Turkey or he MAY not. This title is one of the more accurate ones.

  • http://slamonline.com YKnot

    If it’s washed up NBAers they want why not go after Hedo!

  • http://www.bunzl.com.au OZ Baller

    Yeah wake up Fredd – duh!

  • ripslam

    I think the difference between Iverson and Shaquita is that Shaq is nearly 40 years old. Most likely he retires after his contract with the Celtics expires, if not I would think he would play for a NBA team, not a Turkish one. Shaq does not bring the egotistical baggage that AI did, at least not anymore.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic fredd

    i said ” wrong ” to not repeat misleading … but still, … Shaq is an icon of the USA … the kind of one that stays in the USA, do not need to play in a poor euro league to export himself. He’s not that kind of loser.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “Shaq MAY go to Turkey or he MAY not. ”
    And winged monkeys MAY fly out of my butt.

  • http://www.twitter.com/chris_griff_3 Chris_Griff_3

    He’s not leaving for Turkey next year. His last season will be on par with Jordan’s in ’02, where Shaq will be on a retirement tour, giving fans their last glimpse of his greatness.

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