Iran’s Kamrani could see action in PBA Season 41 as Asian import
TAIPEI – Iranian star guard Mahdi Kamrani could be among the Asian reinforcements strutting their stuffs in the third conference of PBA Season 41.
In the post-game interview here after the Iran-Gilas match, Kamrani begged that he only be asked questions about the game, and not about the coming FIBA Asia event.
But he gamely relented on questions about his possible stint as Asian import in the PBA.
“Oh, I love the Philippines, I love your PBA, it’s very professional,” said Kamrani. “I would love to go there and play and meet the Filipino people.”
In a chance meeting with PBA board member Patrick Gregorio here early on, Khamrani told the MVP Group official he’s now ready to play in the PBA.
Gregorio introduced the innovation in during his term as PBA board chair last season.
If ever, Kamrani will just be pushing through a planned stint with the Meralco Bolts botched by the delicate pregnancy of his wife.
With Kamrani begging off in the last minute, the Bolts brought in another Iranian player Benny Koochoie then Japanese Seiya Ando.
In this 2016 PBA Governors Cup, teams will still have the option to field an Asian import with a height ceiling of 6’3.
Kamrani, among the best guards in the region, was a top prospect as Asian import last year. He was then coming off a 35-game stint with the Jiangsu Tongxi in the Chinese league where he averaged 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.
“My wife is now fine,” said Kamrani. (SB)
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