Word is that Deron is mad close to a deal with Besiktas Cola Turka, a team of a low-tier Turkish league. If that name sounds at all familiar, besides the word “cola,” that’s because this is the team that signed (and then dropped) Allen Iverson last year. More information on the deal can be found from NetsDaily.
News like this sends a chill up the spines of those fearing a lockout, since it is essentially a billboard saying the 2011-12 NBA season is in great great jeopardy. It may mean the end of this upcoming NBA season, but it doesn’t mean the end of professional basketball for us fans.
With our stars migrating across the pond, I will be very tempted to find streams of these Turkish games online and start following the teams, at least for the duration of the lockout. We’d be watching some of the same players playing a differently-styled game, a nice change of pace for a while.
I recall reading an article in ESPN the Magazine by a mystery NBA Player X who said flat out that NBA coaches stink. They’re not great teachers and don’t facilitate player improvement. The coaches in Europe are singing a different tune. Many people cite Brandon Jennings as an example of the developmental benefits of playing internationally. Prior to going, he was a low draft prospect, assuming my memory serves me correctly.
After a season in Italy in which Jennings averaged less than 10 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists in under 20 minutes, he became one of the NBA’s biggest surprises and had a fantastic rookie campaign. So let’s send our guys over there, let them play for a little bit, let them get coached for a little bit, and let them play with guys named Sarunas, Bekir and Darjus for a little bit. // Like NBAmmkay on Facebook