Found November 30, 2011 on
Besiktas sure knows how to make a splash. During the NBA lockout, the Turkish basketball team landed Deron Williams — the only NBA superstar who went overseas. With the NBA lockout now over, Williams is headed back to America to play for the New Jersey Nets.
But Besiktas isn’t done. Before Williams left, Besiktas retired his No. 8 jersey. Williams was touched by the move.
“Just had a great time with the fans for the last time at Besiktas Milingaz!” tweeted Williams, “Arena taking the team out for dinner! I’m going to miss them.”
While playing for Besiktas, Williams averaged nearly 20 points per game to go along with six and a half assists. Those numbers were apparently enough for Besiktas to retire his number after six weeks.
Deron Williams is a legend in Turkey (Image: TSN.ca)
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Before their EuroChallenge game against ZZ Leiden, Besiktas honored departing Deron Williams by allowing him to lead a fan chant and then sending his No. 8 to the rafters in a ceremony at Besiktas Milangaz Arena. Not bad for a guy that only played 15 games in Turkey and had averages of 21.8 points and 6.5 assists during his stay in Istanbul. I wonder if the Nets will do the same...
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