August 20, 2012 |
Before the 76ers drastically reshaped their roster this summer, the continuously evolving relationship between coach Doug Collins and swingman Evan Turner figured again to be one of the tinderbox issues for the team. Even without Jodie Meeks around to mildly tempt Collins to send the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft to the bench, had the Sixers roster for the 2012-13 season come back with the subtraction of Lou Williams and the addition of Kwame Brown as the biggest changes, the nitpicking over the sometimes-combustible Collins-Turner relationship would still bubble close to the surface.
August 18, 2012 |
DENVER - Andre Iguodala says he doesn't want Denver to be just a stopover. The Nuggets wholeheartedly agree. The Nuggets acquired the all-star swingman from the 76ers in the blockbuster trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. Iguodala is under contract for this season with a player option for 2013-14. At his introductory news conference at the Pepsi Center on Thursday, he said he told Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri he wants to be here a while. "We weren't coming into this thinking this will be a one-year deal," Iguodala said.
August 16, 2012 |
While 24-year-old Andrew Bynum wore sweatpants and a T-shirt during his introduction as a 76er on Wednesday at the National Constitution Center, 11-year veteran Jason Richardson struck a stark contrast. The fifth overall pick in the 2001 draft, Richardson looked the part of a 31-year-old, nattily attired in a dark blue sports coat, sans tie, and slacks. Richardson made it known that he intends to be anything but a throw-in player as part of the 12-player, four-team trade that brought Bynum and him to the Sixers last week.
August 14, 2012 |
LONDON - As soon as the medal was placed around his neck, Andre Iguodala picked it up with his hands and stared at it. He turned it over, ran his fingers around it, then stared at it some more. He wouldn't let it go. Iguodala's life changed dramatically in the last 4 days, but it hasn't sunk in yet. All he's been able to think about was this medal, and finally it was his. "I just froze for a second," Iguodala said. "Only a small group can say they were in that position. " The U.S. men's basketball team defeated Spain, 107-100, on Sunday afternoon to capture its second straight Olympic gold medal.
August 13, 2012 |
Doug Collins is never one to throw his players under the bus. Especially after a horrific shooting night by Andre Iguodala, the 76ers coach would often regale the media about the former Sixer's job of guarding Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and other spectacular perimeter players the Sixers encountered. It was true, but it was really stating a weakness. It's one endemic not just to Iguodala - he is one of the better defenders in the league - but to the Sixers as a team. Night in and night out the Sixers were forced to make adjustments and readjustments to what their opponents did at the offensive end, rarely working from a position of strength and dictating tempo.
August 11, 2012 |
LONDON - The Olympics, they say, can transform an athlete. Some arrive as unknowns and leave as household names. Some arrive with hype and high expectations and leave humbled and empty-handed. Andre Iguodala arrived in London as a 76er. He'll be leaving as a Denver Nugget. A few hours before taking the court for Team USA's semifinal victory over Argentina Friday night, Iguodala got the official word. The enormo-deal that had been rumored and reported for the previous 24 hours was official.
July 28, 2012 |
LONDON - Andre Iguodala is competing in his first Olympics here. But he might have been able to play in 2004 and 2008, if he'd wanted to. Thing is, he wouldn't have been playing with Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. He would have been playing against them. Iguodala's father is Nigerian. So he was invited to try out for - and in this case, "try out for" means "make" - the Nigerian Olympic squad. That team, which includes Penn grad Koko Archibong, will compete in these Games with nine American-born players on its roster.
July 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON — In Philadelphia 76ers Land, the debate concerning Andre Iguodala might rage on until the versatile swingman is traded or eventually retires as the longest-tenured Sixer. But for the members of the 2012 U.S. men's Olympic basketball team, Iguodala, a player who does a lot of good things but not too many great things, has just what they need: gold-medal-winning skills. "Is Andre underappreciated?" USA and Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul asked Sunday as Team USA practiced for Monday's exhibition game against Brazil at the Verizon Center.
July 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - When the 2011-12 season ended with his Sixers coming within one victory of reaching the Eastern Conference finals, forward Andre Iguodala said that his focus would be on making the 2012 U.S. Olympic team. Not on whether or not he will be traded. And not on what the team will look like when the Sixers come together for training camp this fall to prepare for the 2012-13 season. "You can't spend your life worrying about what you can't control in this life," Iguodala said one day after the season ended.