Sunday, August 17, 2008

Warmongers 1, Basketball 0

The basketball president wouldn't let it be like this.

As interest has grown in the NBA over signing 7-foot-2 Iranian Olympian Hamed Ehadadi, the league office has sent a letter to its 30 teams instructing that they are forbidden to even discuss a contract with Ehadadi, Yahoo! Sports has learned.

In the letter, which was sent Friday, NBA legal counsel wrote: “It has come to our attention that representatives of Hamed Ehadadi, an Iranian basketball player, may be contacting NBA teams to discuss the possibility of signing Mr. Ehadadi to an NBA player contract.

“We have been advised that a federal statue prohibits a person or organization in the United States from engaging in business dealings with Iranian nationals.”

Iranian officials seem interested in having Ehadadi play in the NBA, even if NBA people consider him not much more than the latest big stiff. Remember when the NBA had that trend of signing really tall African dudes who didn't have much skill aside from being tall? Why shouldn't Ehadadi have the same opportunity (watching him at the Olympics, it actually looks like he does have some skill . . .). Besides, "Axis of Evil" sounds like an awesome basketball nickname, especially for a 7'2" center. "Amare Stoudemire has his dunk attempt blocked by the Axis!"

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