Source: Mehr News Agency, Tehran
Iranian iconic basketball player Hamed Haddadi is unlikely to play for Iran in the 2010 Asian Games due to its coinciding with the 2010-11 NBA season.
Haddadi, who has played a key role in Iran national team in recent years, will be playing for the Memphis Grizzlies instead of Iran.
"The Asian Games are not an official tournament, so I'm obliged to stay in the U.S. However, Iranian officials are now negotiating with my team to allow me to accompany Iran in China," the 2.18 meter player said.
The Grizzlies will participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July. Haddadi took part in the event last season as a substitute.
"I rather not go with the Grizzlies to the NBA Summer League this season, but Iran's Basketball Federation President Mahmoud Mashhoon insists that I should accompany the NBA team to safeguard my position there," Haddadi added.
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