Sunday, August 17, 2008

Axis of Evil, Denied

Hamed Haddadi, the star center for Iran who has been enjoying a strong Olympics so far, has said he'd like to play in the NBA. Given that he's 7'-2", 254 pounds, and has been averaging a double-double with some blocked shots against the world's best players, one suspects that more than a few clubs could use him. (The team that has come up most is Memphis, who obviously has fond memories of Pau Gasol going through their heads when they see Haddadi run the floor.)

There is, however, one problem. U.S. law.

A federal statue prohibits a person or organization in the United States from engaging in business dealings with Iranian nationals. To get around this, the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control must grant a license. (This would seem to give the Toronto Raptors a heck of an edge if they were interested.)

Now, is US foreign policy really depriving US hoop fans of a chance to watch top-drawer talent? In all likelihood, no. The Olympic game is just too different, and while Haddadi has been the only real threat on his team in the tournament to date, it's far more likely that he's a small sample size flash in the pan. Big Euros have this nasty wake0up call when it comes to the rough and tumble of the Association, especially in that uppity American types really seem to love dunking on them.

But really, wouldn't it be better for all concerned if he were able to ply his trade over here? The Grizz would have a player worth checking out, the league would stretch its impact into the Middle East, and fundamental reactionary type who tune in via satellite would get an eyeful of the Great Satan's Whores, aka the talent on the sidelines during breaks. It's a win for all concerned!

1 comment:

Tracer Bullet said...

Feed the big man down low. Allah wills it.