Sunday, August 31, 2008

Another hoops victory over the forces of evil

This is a followup to a previous post. A few days after that was written, the paperwork went through and Hamed Haddadi was allowed to begin negotiating with NBA teams.

Now, we hear that Hadadi (Yahoo seems to insist that his name is Ehadadi, but I'll go with the spelling on the Grizzlies website for now) has signed with the Memphis Grizzlies. Terms of the deal are unknown for now, although rumored to be similar to deals for late first-round draft picks.

First off, congratulations to Haddadi for making it into the NBA. It's unclear what sort of role he'll play off the bat -- he'll be joining Darko Milicic (Serbia), Marc Gasol (Spain), Hakim Warrick (U.S. of A.), and Darrell Arthur in the frontcourt. Still, making it to the league is a huge accomplishment, and a nice first step in hopefully a solid NBA career.

More importantly, let's hear it for IRAN! Hadadi is the first Iranian player ever to sign in the NBA. Are the Grizzlies blazing a trail towards better future diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Iran? I sure hope so. OBAMA + HADADI '08! SHOOT BASKETS, NOT PEOPLE!

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