Allen Iverson has, finally, agreed to a $4 million, two-year contract with the Turkish professional team Besiktas.

Speaking at his official Besiktas unveiling – at the St. Regis hotel in midtown Manhattan – Iverson didn’t exactly seem enthused about the move. “I’m playing basketball. Maybe it’s not my first option to play overseas, but I wouldn’t say there’s anything sad about this.”

The Answer ‘s signing in Europe follows an off-season spent desperately searching for any NBA team that would have him. None did. Today he gave his views on why he thought that had happened. “I don’t think my basketball talents have anything to do with the reasons I’m not on an NBA roster right now,” he said.

“I think it has a lot to do with a lot of other things, negative things, that I could have had a better grip on. A lot of me not being in the NBA is my fault, but I can’t cry over that. I have to move forward … I’ve done a lot of things in my life that I’m not proud of, but I have to move on.”

Iverson said he is “begging” his wife to come and live with him in Turkey. As well as the new language and culture, A.I. will have to get used to a completely different atmosphere at games…even the smallest NBA arenas hold more than 17,000 fans, while BJK Akatlar Arena seats just 3,200 fans.

P.S. The Turkish word for “practice” is uygulamasi.

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