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Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

Iverson in negotiations to join team in Turkey

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former NBA MVP Allen Iverson is in "serious talks" to play with a Turkish team.

Gary Moore, Iverson's personal manager, says there is strong interest in both sides to work out a deal that would send the 11-time All-Star overseas. Iverson is negotiating with Besiktas Cola Turka for at least a one-year deal.

"This team seems very interested in having him come play," Moore said by phone. "Allen absolutely wants to play basketball. He has no hesitation going there if that's the best opportunity for him."

Iverson is 17th on the NBA's career scoring list with 24,368 points over a 14-year career with Philadelphia, Denver, Detroit and Memphis. He won the MVP in 2001 when he led the Sixers to the Finals.

Iverson's agent, Leon Rose, did not immediately return messages for comment on Monday.

Iverson had been negotiating with a team in China. Moore says those talks aren't dead, but Turkey may be the best option.

Carlisle returns

DALLAS (AP) Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle was back on the bench for Monday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, three days after collapsing at a team practice.

Carlisle was hospitalized following a fainting spell during Friday's team workout and missed Saturday night's game against Phoenix in California.

Carlisle, 50, rested over the weekend, and was back for Monday's shootaround. He insisted he experienced no ill effects from the episode.

"I was dehydrated and light-headed and I fainted," Carlisle said before Monday night's game. "According to people I've talked to, fainting happens more times than you think. Time to move on."

Heat face pressure

MIAMI (AP) Facing a top European club like CSKA Moscow wouldn't ordinarily seem like a major deal for the Miami Heat.

That is, unless they lose.

Chris Bosh knows. He was on the Toronto Raptors in October 2005 when they were beaten, at home, in an exhibition by Israeli power Maccabi Tel Aviv. Suffice to say, five years later, Bosh hasn't forgotten that night — and that's one of the reasons why he expects the Heat will take Tuesday's game against the Russian club very seriously.

"Just to be honest, nobody wants to lose to a team from Europe — no offense to any of the European teams, especially at home," Bosh said. "I've lost to a team from Europe and it wasn't too good in the media the day after. So we don't want that feeling here. . . . Every time we step on the court, we want to win."

CSKA Moscow lost in the Euroleague semifinals last season to Regal FC Barcelona 64-54. And yes, that's the Barcelona team that beat the Los Angeles Lakers in an exhibition at Spain last week.

"We all know that Barcelona defeated the Lakers at home last week, but I think that you should not draw any comparisons from that," CSKA Moscow's Sergey Bykov wrote on his blog. "We are in a different situation, but I can tell you for sure that we will do our best to defend the pride of one of Europe's best teams."

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