HoopsHype Iran rumors
Big signing for Iranian team Mahram which landed former NBA player Cheikh Samb. The big man has played last season just one game with Real Madrid but has experiences in NBA with Pistons, Nuggets and Knicks. Samb was also selected as 11th overall pick by Sioux Falls SkyForce at the last NBDL draft. Sportando
China may have the homecourt advantage but Iran is just as determined to retain its Asian Games basketball crown. That’s because Iran is tapping the services of NBA player Hamed Haddadi to beef up its rooster. According to Smart-Gilas Pilipinas Serbian mentor Rajko Toroman, Mahmoud Mashhoun, president of the Iran Basketball Federation has travelled to the United States recently reportedly to ask Haddadi’s team in the NBA – the Memphis Grizzlies – to allow the 7-foot-2 center to play in the Guangzhou Asian Games which starts tomorrow. “Maybe they made some agreement,” said Toroman, who left with the team for Guangzhou last Tuesday. “I don’t have any other information but Haddadi is not in the line up of the Grizzlies the last two games.” Manila Bulletin
Iranian basketball player Arsalan Kazemi said he is interested in joining an NBA team soon. Iran Sports Press
The United States team tried to keep the focus on the floor, with Krzyzewski saying he had played in Iran in the 1970s with an Armed Forces team and had great respect for the country. Krzyzewski was answering a question about turnovers in the postgame news conference when he noticed Iran Coach Veselin Matic to his left nodding in agreement. “That’s the first level of diplomacy,” Krzyzewski said, joking. “That’s one thing we’re in agreement with.” New York Times
In the political arena, Iran versus the United States is a matchup that gets attention. In a basketball arena, that wasn’t the case on Wednesday. “For me, it’s a normal game,” said Mahdi Kamrany, Iran’s captain for the world championships in Turkey. The United States won easily, 88-51, in Istanbul to earn a top seed in the knockout round in the first meeting between two countries with a history of contentious relations. New York Times
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