Thursday, July 7th, 2011 at 1:10 pm  |  21 responses

Deron Williams’ New Turkish Team Also Wants Kobe Bryant

OK, now you’re just getting greedyDWill’s new bench boss wouldn’t mind coaching Williams, Zaza Pachulia, and Kobe Bryant (who, incidentally, is a Turkish Airlines endorser.) The NY Times reports: “We confirm’ the contract with Williams, said Ergin Ataman, the coach of the Turkish team Besiktas, in a telephone interview Thursday. Ataman said that the deal should become official in the next 24 hours and that Besiktas’s president, Seref Yalcin, would join Williams for a news conference in the United States next week. Williams is expected to report to Besiktas, which is based in Istanbul, on Sept. 1. The season there begins Sept. 27 … If the lockout is resolved, Williams would be free to break his contract and return to the N.B.A., Ataman said. Ataman said Zaza Pachulia, who plays for the Atlanta Hawks, also has an agreement to play for Besiktas. And the club is not done recruiting locked-out N.B.A. players, he said. ‘If there’s a possibility, we’ll talk with Kobe if he’d like to play in Europe with Deron and with other guys to play we can talk with him,’ Ataman said. ‘If Kobe would like to play with us, we will also contact his agent and maybe with him.’”

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    Aint no love for AI in Turkey no mo?


    Turkey love Kobe, and Philly love AI.

  • http://dsjfklf.com Jukai

    What if they just drop the act and grab a team of Paul, Nash, Williams, Kobe, Wade, Lebron, Melo, Amare, Love, Nowitzki, Blake, and Howard? I mean, just go for the 12-man auto-cheat option.

  • add

    dam, deron and kobe would make a pretty good team in the nba but in turkey they’re gonna kill it (if kobe joins)

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

    Miami Heat of Turkey

  • Jer dawg

    Get what you can from life. If Kobe and Deron get on the Turkish team it’s great. The buzz generated will earn that team mega dollars. Don’t think China fans won’t flock there. Or Kobe will make his presence known in Asia.

  • horsey

    For a second there I thought you meant Steve Blake…he wouldn’t start in Turkey…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Jukai first they are only allowed 2-Americans per Euro Roster (normally) — second, they play in basically high school gyms. Paying multiple players six figures when you can only fit a couple thousand people max in your arena is not a very intelligent business decision.

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    NBK: Uh, well, I wasn’t really being serious but uh, guess yer right?

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    we would Kobe risk his knees??? this is not going to happen

  • http://www.acb.com A l a n

    I mean why…

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    haha i knew you weren’t serious, I was more or less saying that as a public service announcement too all the gullible’s that read the comment section. I should not have addressed that too you, my fault lol

  • http://sdfjklf.com Jukai

    nbk: fair enough, Philo probably woulda told everyone it was gonna happen if you didn’t clarify

  • BostonBaller

    Why doesn’t Kobe go back “home” to Italy and play/ lol

  • http://www.yougotdunkedon.com LilKDub503

    Only 2 Americans per roster? Hmm…I think in some leagues it’s just 2 foreign players max on the court at any one time. So a team could theoretically have more Americans, it just would be harder for the coach.

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    Yeah, isn’t AI still on this team?

  • gsantner

    damn, I can’t believe they are gonna have Dwill AND Zaza. Are you kidding me? talk about a dynamic duo. What lucky guys

  • pistol

    Anyone gonna come play in the BJ league? Couldn’t Kobe come and play for his old man?

  • T-Money

    this is not a business decision. the 5 mil that deron will make if he goes to turkey comes from a private sponsor.

  • Ali Saadat

    i hope Kobe and Pau and other good players go to Real Madrid Baloncesto (even though Kobe is a barca fan and Pau is from barca =( )

  • http://slamonline.com Neitel

    kobe to turkey?? don’t dream about it…they need to offer lots of millions for him to take the risk. Im not mad at turkey…shooot, build a dynasty out of this lockout. Plus my collections of upper deck, having players overseas, will cost some $$$. I hope the lockout happens. The Owners are greedy, and the players will stick together no matter what…im not sure about billy hunter..that guy seems suspect to me..