A. Kazemi Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

NBA player A. Kazemi was born in Iran on April 22, 1990, and currently plays for Chemidor Qom in the Iranian Basketball Super League.

He was a member of the basketball teams at both the University of Oregon and Rice University.

A. Kazemi was selected by the Washington Wizards with the 54th overall choice in the 2013 NBA draught, making history as the first Iranian player ever drafted.

Later, the Philadelphia 76ers acquired his rights. Before moving to the United States in February 2008.

Arsalan Kazemi Naeini Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

He captained the Iranian under-18 national basketball team and played for Zob Ahan Isfahan in the Iranian Basketball Super League.

France Moves on, ‘Sad’ Iran Heads Home in Men’s Basketball

Saddened, but not because his Olympic career was finished, A. Kazemi spoke up. Since Iran wasn’t prepared to begin with, this is why.

The French men’s basketball team advanced with an easy 79-62 victory over Iran on Saturday, sending the former home.

One of the strongest teams in the world, led by NBA Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert at the centre.

He had already clinched a position in the quarterfinals before the French ever entered the tournament. As was likewise to be expected, Iran lost all three games.

They rarely get to play against players of NBA calibre or visit arenas built to NBA standards.

So, even though the Saitama Super Arena is usually very empty, most of A. Kazemi colleagues still find it to be a strange environment.

Basketball Star A. Kazemi Optimistic About Iran’s Future

The future looks bright for Iran, according to power forward A. Kazemi of the national basketball team.

A. Kazemi competed on the Iranian basketball team at the 2020 Olympics, where they finished last in Group A behind the Czech Republic, the United States, and France.

The 31-year-old athlete believes just being able to compete in the Olympics is a significant accomplishment.

In an exclusive interview with the Tehran Times, A. Kazemi discussed the history, present, and potential future of basketball in Iran.


Two years after he was originally invited, A. Kazemi finally joined the Iranian national basketball team for the final window of FIBA Asia Cup 2021 Qualifying.

Now he’s in Japan with the Iranian team for three exhibition matches ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

A. Kazemi knows that Iran was placed in a challenging Olympic group, but he is still committed to giving his all in Rio in order to please the cheering crowds back home.