MERALCO’S bid to bring in Mahdi Kamrani as its Asian import in the PBA Governor’s Cup fizzled out as the standout point guard decided to stay put in Iran to be with his wife during her pregnancy.
Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo said Kamrani decided to forego a stint in the local pro league only a few days ago, citing the complicated pregnancy his wife is having at this point.
“Kamrani won’t be coming anymore and the main reason was the pregnancy of his wife because she already had several visits with doctors, a complicated pregnancy,” Trillo told Spin.ph on Friday.
Kamrani, voted as one of Asia’s best guards, along with Jayson Castro of Gilas Pilipinas, during the 2013 Fiba-Asia men’s championships in Manila, is coming off a 35-game stint with the Jiangsu Tongxi in the Chinese Basketball Association where he averaged 16.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 5.2 assists.
Meralco team insiders said the Bolts are looking for another Iranian player to take the spot intended for Kamrani.
At the moment, the Bolts have been preparing for the season-ending conference with American import Andre Emmett already practicing with the team for the past week.
The 6-foot-4 Emmett is coming off a successful season with the NBA D-League where the notable scorer for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants was recently named the All-Star MVP.