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Turkish ball is completely different game

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Turkish ball is completely different game

I found this article pretty interesting. I wonder if Deron Williams did his research on Turkish league before he sigend the deal.

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"The coach didn't speak any English," says Baron, a 3-point specialist from the University of Rhode Island. "But he motioned me to come out in front of the arena with the whole team. He put us in a circle and there's this goat standing there. All of a sudden one of the assistant coaches gets out this huge machete. And then -- whack! -- he cuts the goat's head off!"

The Turkish players immediately stuck their fingers in the blood of the neck and wiped it on their foreheads.

"Then they started motioning for me to do it," Baron remembers. "I'm like, 'You gotta be crazy!' And I got the heck out of there."

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"I made a winning shot on the road one night," says former UCLA forward Josh Shipp, who plays for Galatasaray in the Turkish Basketball League. "And next thing you know, I was getting pelted with batteries, cell phones, you name it. I had to run for it. But that's nothing. I played with a guy who said they won a game on their rival's court once and the whole crowd rushed the court. They had to punch people just to get into the locker room!"

It's not unusual for players who are not pleasing the team's ownership to have their hot water, electricity and Internet cut off in their company-supplied apartments. This happened to a teammate of Baron's at Mercin, Marcus Cousin (University of Houston). "He ended up staying with me it was so bad," Baron says.

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"They take it almost as seriously as soccer," says Eric Devendorf (Syracuse), who played for two months in Turkey and then bolted. "At one of our games, the fans came on the floor and tried to fight us! It's a whole different world over there. Women wearing burkas. People dropping in the street to pray all the time. It's just different. And the cities are real dirty. Man, if you don't have Slingbox you got nothing. I'm never going back. No way."

http://espn.go.com/espn/story/_/id/6887526/time-talk-turkey

Who wants to ball in Turkey?


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ESPN really has been a huge

ESPN really has been a huge propaganda machine for management in pro sports labor matters. It is a shame when the programming relationship impacts the news wing of the business. Very Un-American.

Is life playing basketball in Europe, Asia, and Latin America different from the NBA? Of course, but there are also advantages (the workload isn't 125+ games at 35 minutes a clip for 9 straight months counting preseason and playoffs.) Yes, many Muslims in Turkey are quite devoted, but Deron Williams has played in Utah. Are fans abusive? Umm... weren't there people praising those random pro-am sumer league atmospheres a week ago?

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sometimes coments from some

sometimes coments from some (not all) us citizens on europe and world are so.... dumb and deplorable.

wake up we're living in a world larger than us territory with different culture religion way of life... way of playing/

that's not a question of good or bad, it's not so simple... life ain't star wars. You can't judge life in a country based on your habits from your education and socialisation... this is ethnocentrism. Is people praying only in turkey ? come on what an hypocrisy. Is there only sport excesses from fans or owners in turkey ?

I think lot's of bball us players who build their carreer in europe have been very pleased to : michael ray richardson played and lived here in france (I'm a french teacher in economics and sociology) and was happy here. I think tyus edney, mike batiste, pete mickael, bob mcadoo, jr holden and so much more who played and lived in europe enjoyed their lives.

But to enjoy you have to make the effort of not judging something you can't understand. Too easy to stay 2 months being fed up like a little boy (hey ho jeremy tyler ?....) and complain about "ho god thoses savages are eating some frogs ?!!! (lol) ". The coment of Eric Devendorf is so ridiculous. Maybe he would have enjoy his trip and learn something from this experience if he had persevered.

Passion of fans is not always a bad thing : did you already watch a game of partizan belgrade in its homecourt ? so impressive towards the often cold boring nba arena.

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usa

People just dont know how great usa until the leave, its not perfect but it is the best in the world.

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JunkYardDog, the funny thing

JunkYardDog, the funny thing is it isn't like elite American track stars or soccer players are offended to spend their entire careers abroad. I have never heard of a musician being opposed to spending months and months on the road touching every country that will have them. Heck, Beyonce, Usher, Mariah Carey, and Lionel Richie have gone to Libya to perform for Qaddafi. It is their life, and how they make their living. It is a complete farce that the mainstream NBA media types (ESPN, SI, etc) are looking to dismiss the possibility of players going abroad because they are too spoiled to handle it.

There have been players (American and European) who have had bad experiences in the NBA and have badmouthed the league and culture around it when they left. It really isn't hard to find someone who had a bad job experience and willing to rant about it.

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Wait, maybe the Turkish are

Wait, maybe the Turkish are on to somthing. If you cut Eddy Curry's food supply if he was underpreforming, we would see 30 and 15 every night.

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Turkey is different

from the USA? That is SHOCKING to me. Don't they have MTV?

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wow

i got a neg for saying america is great, what is this a soviet website or something?

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