Oct 4, 2010, 8:50 AM EST
One week in, Hamed Haddadi is still not at Memphis Grizzlies training camp.
He is having legal issues getting out of his native Iran and into the United States, according to the Commercial Appeal (via Ben Maller). Which really should not be a surprise considering the relations between the two countries.
The only public word from Haddadi came in tweet on Sunday saying:
another fresh start for my life…. yek zendegie jadid. I’m so happy!
Haddadi had to push back his basketball camp in Los Angeles (now October 23 and 24). The third-year center is simply missing camp right now but could start missing paychecks if this legal issue drags out into the season.
Haddadi is a reserve 7’2″ center for the Grizzlies, who played in 36 games for the team last season. He is slated to make $1.6 million this season. He is the first Iranian born player in the NBA and he was Iran’s star player at the FIBA World Championships this summer.
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