Iran’s national basketball team, having qualified for the Olympics, is tuning up by playing in the Rocky Mountain Revue summer league. The league consists of NBA squads made up of rookies and other hopefuls (otherwise known as prospects and suspects). So far, the Iranian team has lost to Dallas (62-79) and to Utah (57-82). The tournament is being played in Salt Lake City.
The team’s visit was arranged with the assistance of the NBA, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the Department of State. It seems like a good idea to me. Most Iranians, as I understand it, are well-disposed towards the U.S. and towards Americans. Short of concessions to the Iranian government, just about anything we do to increase this reservoir of good will strikes me as worthwhile.
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