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How were you introduced to basketball growing up in Iran? Hamed Haddadi: I was 14 or 15. I was playing soccer. Before that, I was playing handball. Because I was tall, I just stayed home. I didn’t have shoes. I couldn’t find big-sized shoes. My neighbor told me, “I play basketball. You want to come play?” I said, “Sure, why not?” Next day, I go to my town college with no shoes and a soccer jersey. Q.: Did you play in socks or bare feet? Hamed Haddadi: In socks. Then I took my socks off. I tried my outside shoes. That was tough for me. After six months, I find the shoes. My uncle sent me shoes from Germany. Then I went to a camp in Tehran with a new coach, and he taught me all of basketball. Arizona Republic

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Q. How were you introduced to basketball growing up in Iran? Hamed Haddadi. I was 14 or 15. I was playing soccer. Before that, I was playing handball. Because I was tall, I just stayed home. I didn't have shoes. I couldn't find big-sized shoes. My neighbor told me, "I play basketball. You want to come play?" I said, "Sure, why not?" Next day, I go to my town college with no shoes and a soccer jersey. Q. Did you play in socks or bare feet? Hamed Haddadi. In socks. Then I took my socks off. I tried my outside shoes. That was tough for me. After six months, I find the shoes. My uncle sent me shoes from Germany. Then I went to a camp in Tehran with a new coach, and he taught me all of basketball. USA Today Sports

March 13, 2013 Updates

Phoenix Suns center Hamed Haddadi doesn’t know what “clicked” means. Some of that is because the English idiom is not familiar to the Iranian-born 7-footer. Some of it is because he’s a grinder, and on-court epiphanies aren’t really his style. Whether something has clicked or not, the Suns have to be pleased with Haddadi’s play the past few games. Haddadi pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds in a win over Houston on Saturday, and added eight rebounds and a career-high 13 points in the Suns’ loss to Denver on Monday. “I think offensively he was really good yesterday,” interim coach Lindsey Hunter said after Tuesday’s practice. “He keeps working and getting better and getting himself in better condition. I like what he brings to us.” Arizona Republic

February 26, 2013 Updates

Hamed Haddadi won't forget how to call home any time soon. The recently twice-traded center went with a number switch as he joined the Phoenix Suns. Haddadi, who wore No. 15 during his five seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, now will wear No. 98. And, per ESPN's Arash Markazi, the number is a tribute to his homeland as 98 is Iran's country code required for phone calls from the USA. USA Today Sports

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