According to an article published on the Tehran Times , the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship MVP Hamed Haddadi is set to retire from international basketball after the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship this summer in China.
“I will retire from the national team after the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship which will be in China in September. I like to win the title in the event. We can also win quota for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.” – Haddadi
Haddadi spent four and a half seasons in the NBA. He played four seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies and half a season with the Phoenix Suns. Haddadi signed with Memphis in 2008 as an undrafted free agent. He would become the first Iranian player to ever play in the NBA.
Haddadi’s international career with Iran started in 2002 when he won a silver medal at the U18 FIBA Asia Championships. In 2004 he won gold at the U20 FIBA Asia Championships. Haddadi has won a gold medal in three FIBA Asia Championships (2007, 2009, 2013) where he won MVP in each one of those tournaments.
There’s no doubt Haddadi will go down as the greatest Iranian basketball player of all time. He continues to play club basketball in China. As of right now, his Qingdao Double Star Eagles are facing the Liaoning Leopards in the CBA semi-finals.