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.