Source: Tehran Times
Memphis Grizzlies center Hamed Haddadi says he has worked hard over the summer to get in shape.
Hamed Haddadi (file photo)
"I was (in the U.S.) for the whole summer and decided to get surgery on my right hand," Haddadi said. "I knew I had to get in shape for training camp. So I worked hard with the coaches and with Zach (Randolph)."
Haddadi has played in just eight games this season, but three of those appearances have come in the last four games, according to Commercial Appeal.
Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said there might be more room for Haddadi in the rotation given the team's injury circumstances. Darrell Arthur has to play small forward in place of injured Quincy Pondexter, so the domino effect leaves the team thin up front among the reserves.
"Any time they call your name, you have to be ready to help the team win," Haddadi added.
Haddadi credits his work in practice with Randolph and Gasol for the improvement.
"They're always pushing me to work and teaching me stuff to get better," Haddadi said. "I appreciate having teammates that push me to work harder and get better."
The Grizzlies signed Haddadi to a two-year contract before this season, his fifth with the team.
A native of Ahvaz, Iran, Haddadi is the first Iranian to play in the NBA.
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