You must watch this video of former NBA MVP, Allen Iverson, arriving in Turkey.
It’s amazing to see the Turkish fans celebrate as if the Messiah has arrived. I guess they aren’t aware of the fact that not one NBA franchise is interested in his services. Maybe the media in Turkey is reporting that Iverson has spurned offers from multiple NBA teams in order to play in Turkey. I don’t know. I can’t get over the fact that Iverson is mobbed by fans and the media and then they break out into song over his arrival! The only other experience this can be compared to is when a great Rabbi or the Pope comes to visit a particular community.
In all seriousness, though, I do hope that AI can repair his image and, at the same time, help promote the game of basketball in Turkey. He still has plenty of basketball left in him and this can be a great way to get his career back on track. He is now an international ambassador for basketball, and, to a certain extent, the NBA. I really hope he succeeds in both facets.
My only concern is about his new coach. I just hope he doesn’t put any significant emphasis on attending practice. If he does, I hope he is prepared for what Iverson will say.