Quantcast
Latest Stories
‘I’M OKAY’

Major concern for Iran as Hadadi injures leg

By

LI Xiaoxu and Sun Yue box out Hamed Hadadi. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Perhaps he had an eye on one of two spots open in the New York Knicks roster.

For whatever reason, Iranian Hamed Hadadi was on the court in the fourth quarter Saturday afternoon even with Jordan no longer in the same zip code as Iran in the Fiba Asia Championship as far as their quarterfinal showdown was concerned.

That’s when a major concern arose for Iran.

As Haddadi rose to reach for a rebound, he went back down limping. He was still limping when he left the game. He was still limping when he left the Mall of Asia Arena hardcourt.

But as he met with an Iranian television crew and a few journalists after Iran’s 94-50 victory over rival Jordan, the 7-foot-2 Hadadi brushed off speculations he was seriously hurt.

“I’m okay,” he said. “I’ll be ready for the next game.”

Four rows back from the Iran bench, Gary Boyson, a scout for the New York Knicks, was watching the game intently.

“Actually, I’m here to evaluate all the players in the tournament,” said 45-year-old Boyson, who has 16 years experience working as a scout for the NBA. “It’s no secret there are players here with NBA experience who have no contracts yet.”

It’s no secret, though, that Hadadi is one of Boyson’s prospects. So is China’s young center Wang Zhelin.

Maybe that’s why Hadadi was still on the court when he didn’t need to be anymore.

Or maybe there were other reasons.

“We don’t know what’s happening inside or what the coach was thinking,” said former Iran coach Rajko Toroman, who once coached Gilas Pilipinas. “Maybe he wants to give him minutes after a season in the NBA where he didn’t play too much. I suppose it’s the reason he’s there because up by 35 points, there’s no need for him to be there.”

“Maybe the coach wanted to give him extended minutes going into the semifinals,” added Toroman. “Probably in this kind of the game, there’s no need for him to be in the floor in the fourth quarter.”

Hadadi, who finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, was telling everyone at courtside that he had cramps. When he spoke with Toroman after the game, however, he gave a different diagnosis.

“He told me he pulled a muscle in his right leg,” said Toroman.

He will be reevaluated today.

Iran’s Asghar Kardoust also suffered an injury late in the match and had to be carried off the court.

“They created some problems for themselves,” joked Toroman, “but that’s basketball.”

Iran coach Mehmed Becirovic defended his decision to leave Hadadi on the floor with the game already beyond reach.

“It’s like a practice for us,” he said. “I’m not looking at the scoreboard. I just want to be prepared for the next round.”

The Knicks sent Boyson to the Philippines to keep an eye on the players at this championship

“We have a spot or two probably. We’re just trying to evaluate players all over the world,” said Boyson.

Boyson said he is also taking a look at Gilas Pilipinas, but did not reveal much, except to say “it’s not necessarily about today.

“It’s about maybe putting someone on our database now and see how they project over the years, how they improve and how they’re progressing,” he said.


Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.


Tags: Basketball , Fiba Asia Championship , Hamed Hadadi , Mall of Asia Arena , Sports



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement

News

  • Celebrating Easter and creativity in New York
  • Man wins half marathon, dies in Argentina
  • Clouds to bring slight relief from summer heat
  • Canadians rally to legalize marijuana
  • S. Korea ferry transcript reveals evacuation panic
  • Sports

  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Business

  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Marketplace