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  1. Iranian national team does some human bowling

    Aug 16, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

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    Iran likes to celebrate with a little bowling. Sure, why not? For the third year in a row Iran won the Jones Cup — led by Hamed Haddadi, the Memphis Grizzlies center who had 35 points, 18 boards and 7 blocks in the final game. The Jones Cup is an invitational tournament of Asian clubs,…

  2. Hamed Haddadi held up in Iran with legal issue, still not at Grizzlies camp

    Oct 4, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    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…

  3. USA sleepwalks past Iran 88-51 at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    Well, that was pretty much what we expected — including the part where Kevin Love was the one guy to show up and care. The USA was going to roll past a clearly less talented Iran team and came out with all the intensity of an intersquad scrimmage. Eventually they got there, winning 88-51 and…

  4. USA vs. Iran: It's about basketball, not politics

    Sep 1, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    There are political overtones in some international sporting events. You could feel it when Turkey played Greece yesterday — then Greek fans showed up with a banner that said “We are neighbors not enemies.” It was a chance for sport to transcend the political. Today comes USA vs. Iran, but the Iranians are looking at…

  5. Grizzlies Hamed Haddadi has impressed at World Championships

    Sep 1, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    There’s an Iranian player in the NBA, although you’d hardly know it by looking at most Memphis Grizzlies box scores. He played in only 36 games for Memphis last season, and most of his minutes came in garbage time. But at the FIBA World Championships, Hamed Haddadi is a star. He has been averaging 22…

  6. The FIBA World Championships warning label, brought to you by Hamed Haddadi

    Aug 30, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Though the FIBA World Championships provide refuge for basketball fans during the off-season, they are not the NBA. On a very basic level, basketball is basketball. Yet the differences in talent and style between the World Championships and the NBA are notable enough to significantly affect player performance. The product doesn’t just seem different. It…

  7. The USA is in the "group of death" at Worlds, but that applies to everyone else

    Aug 27, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    In the World Cup, the toughest group of four drawn gets the moniker “Group of Death” because some quality team is not going to be advancing to the final 16. If there were a Group of Death for the FIBA World Championships, it would be Group B. The USA’s group. Except that it really doesn’t…

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