Iran Rumors

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There was a major concern in the Iran side as Hamed Hadadi limped off the court early in the fourth period. The former Memphis Grizzlies player in the NBA and the star of the Iran basketball machine that has been flattening foes in this Fiba Asia Championship couldn’t put too much weight on his right leg. But as he walked off the Mall of Asia Arena hardcourt after Iran’s 94-50 victory over rival Jordan, the 7-foot-2 Hadadi brushed off concerns. “I’m okay,” he said in Iranian in an interview with an Iran television crew and a handful of journalists. “I’ll be ready for the next game.”
via Inquirer.net
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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.
via USA Today Sports
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.
via Memphis Commercial Appeal
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.”
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“We will be champions, our biggest opponent is China, but we can beat them,” Chinese media widely quoted Haddadi as saying. His comments did not help Iran’s cause, said forward Samad Bahrami. “The media, the reporters, they helped Iran lose, they keep saying ‘you are the best, you are the best’, we had too much pressure,” Bahrami told AFP. “The best player in Asia is the player that wins the championship, you cannot say that one player is the best in Asia when his team finishes sixth or seventh. “Hamed is a very good player, but we should find the best player in the final.”
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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.”
via Manila Bulletin