Since the NBA has the greatest collection of the world’s best players, it is inevitably undeniable that most of these players can still provide quality playing time and statistics to ballclubs in other parts of the world even they’ve already passed their prime, hence making some financially-capable organizations recruit them even only for a season or two. The buzz currently circulating now in Turkish, German, and French presses is that the Future Hall-of-Famer, 4-time NBA Champion, and current Celtic Shaquille O’ Neal may play alongside Allen “The Answer” Iverson for Besiktas Cola Turka in Turkey next year if the NBA ends up in a lockout next season.
It was reported that Besiktas Cola Turka’s General Manager Seref Yalcin recent trip to the United States was to meet the 7’1 Center. It is said that Yalcin received good news when Shaq told him the line: “I want to be champion this season with Boston. But I’m coming to Turkey next year.” Aiming to dominate both the Turkish League and the Eurocup with two of the greatest American basketball players to have ever played the game, the Turkish team’s management is reported to have already started the necessary preparations on working on a deal to sign O’ Neal for next season.
Iverson and Shaq’s current teammate 7-footer Turkish national Semih Erden are acting as mediators for both parties. Kobe Bryant’s former sidekick in Los Angeles Shaquille O’ Neal signed a 2-year deal with the Celtics with the second year as a player option which only gives this acquisition a higher possibility if a lockout does go through by season’s end. The last lockout in the NBA took place during the 1998-1999 season where only fifty regular season games were played and both David Robinson and Tim Duncan won their first championship titles with the San Antonio Spurs.