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Dutch center, former NBA, Dan Gadzuric decided to continue his career in Iran. He signed a contract with Petrochimi. His last team was Marinos de Anzoategui (Veenzuela), where finished the last season averaging 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. Sportando

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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

January 14, 2013 Updates

Francisco Elson is set to join Iranian basketball team Mahram, according to the team’s sporting director. The 37-year-old Dutch professional basketball player has played in NBA teams such as Denver Nuggets, San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz from 2003. “He (Elson) will train with Mahram for 10 days and we will decide about signing him,” Hamid-Reza Samadzadeh said. MehrNews.com

January 10, 2012 Updates

Emiliano Carchia: Former NBA player Smush Parker signed in Iran with Petro and will play WABA with the team. Petro also signed Joseph Forte Twitter

December 23, 2011 Updates

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace confirmed Thursday that the team withdrew its $2 million qualifying offer from Haddadi, a 7-footer who hails from Iran. The move makes Haddadi, 26, an unrestricted free agent. He can sign with any NBA team without the Griz having a right to match offers. The Grizzlies' decision was primarily based on finances as they are trying to remain comfortably below the league's $70 million luxury tax. It is possible that the Griz and Haddadi will negotiate a multi-year deal, paying between $1 and $1.5 million per season. Memphis Commercial Appeal

However, Haddadi's biggest obstacle isn't earning playing time. It's making his way back to the U.S. from Iran. He is in Dubai trying to finalize the immigration process, meaning Haddadi has missed every Griz practice since training camp began Dec. 9. Memphis Commercial Appeal

October 19, 2011 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi joined Melli Haffari basketball team on Tuesday. The Ahvaz-based basketball team signed Haddadi on a short-term contract for an undisclosed fee. Tehran Times

October 2, 2011 Updates

Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi is likely to join Mahram Basketball team, according to the reports released by the Iranian media on Sunday. Haddadi, who failed to inspire Iran to win its third successive championship in Asia in late September, is now negotiating with Mahram. Tehran Times

September 25, 2011 Updates

Iran's players have turned on teammate Hamed Haddadi after some crucial mistakes by the Memphis Grizzlies centre in their shock quarter-final 88-84 loss to Jordan at the Asian Championships. A day after defeat denied Iran a berth at the London Olympics, the two-time reigning regional champs spoke to the media after taking out their frustrations with a 98-66 consolation-round drubbing of Taiwan. "Hamed is good but sometimes not all the big NBA players can play good, he missed some shots and had some bad passes," point guard Mahdi Kamrany said. "We are very disappointed, but that happens, that is basketball. The loss was very bad for my country, we just couldn't make it happen." google.com

September 24, 2011 Updates

Iran's players have turned on teammate Hamed Haddadi after some crucial mistakes by the Memphis Grizzlies centre in their shock quarter-final 88-84 loss to Jordan at the Asian Championships. A day after defeat denied Iran a berth at the London Olympics, the two-time reigning regional champs spoke to the media after taking out their frustrations with a 98-66 consolation-round drubbing of Taiwan. google.com

"Hamed is good but sometimes not all the big NBA players can play good, he missed some shots and had some bad passes," point guard Mahdi Kamrany said. "We are very disappointed, but that happens, that is basketball. The loss was very bad for my country, we just couldn't make it happen." google.com

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