06 May 2016

Bolts Need To Get Mehdi Kamrani At All Cost

Mehdi Kamrani
The last tournament for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) may still be months away, but for all intents and purposes, there is no doubt that the Meraco Bolts need to get Iranian star guard Mehdi Kamrani as their Asian reinforcement.

Kamrani was supposed to join Meralco last year, but had to forego his plans to attend to 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 the July 2016 PBA Governors Cup, teams will still have the option to field an Asian import with a height ceiling of 6'3.

Kamrani, was considered as one of the best guards in the region together with Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters' Jason Castro. He is currently playing with the North Control Beijing in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) where he averaged 19.3 points, 6.5 assists and 4.6 rebounds.

The amiable guard is also averaging 39.5 minutes per game and is shooting a respectable 38.0 percent from the rainbow area.

In the post-game interview after the Iran-Gilas match last year, the 34-year old Kamrani 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."

A backcourt combination featuring Kamrani and Chris Newsome will definitely be a fun thing to watch.

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