Wed, 16th Jul 2008.
NBA has invited Iran's national basketball team to train in the US in preparation for the Beijing Olympics, official sources say.
The Iranian national team is invited to play against NBA and NBA Developmental League teams, AP reported.
The Iranian ream will play four games in the Rocky Mountain Revue, the Utah Jazz-hosted summer league and will also observe NBA team practices and talk to players and coaches about basketball.
“In an increasingly turbulent world, it is rewarding to bring people together to celebrate teamwork, discipline, and respectful competition on the court,'' NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement.
“The NBA embraces the opportunity to welcome the Basketball Federation of Iran and the Iranian Olympic team in a demonstration of how something as simple as a game of basketball can promote understanding,” he added.
Iran will play two games against the NBA D-League Ambassadors on July 17 and July 20 at The Factory, the Utah Flash's practice facility.
Iran's national basketball team will also face a Dallas Mavericks team on July 19 and a Utah Jazz squad on July 21, with both games at Salt Lake Community College.
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