Both on Grantland.
The New Pippen. Andre Iguodala, one of the most versatile players in the NBA, could be the key to a championship for Golden State, but it took him years to find the right teammates — and some respect.
In total, the word “Pippen” appears in that story 28 times. Iggy modeled himself after Pippen, so, naturally, he deserves that comparison. Naturally.
Coming into last night’s game against New York, Andrew Bynum was averaging 18 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in 25 minutes over the previous four games. Bynum’s best game in that stretch was November 30 against the Bulls: 20 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, 8-for-14 from the floor in an unthinkable-only-last-season 30 minutes. He scored in a variety of ways: power dunk off the catch, dive off the pick-and-roll, baseline spin reverse layup, left-block turnaround off glass. On defense he was just as active, sealing off the strong side, clogging up the paint, and protecting the rim, at one point throwing back two Joakim Noah shot attempts in the space of about three seconds. Two games later against Atlanta, Bynum tried to wave off Anderson Varejao after Mike Brown sent Varejao in for him. This is the same Bynum who, only a month ago, described himself as “a shell” who only wanted to “find the joy again,” and talked about retiring as if it were a thing he might do when he got back from the bathroom, like some beaten-down Willy Loman. Attempting to call off a substitution isn’t exactly a return to his 3-point-shooting Lakers salad days, but it is a notable display of confidence from a player who lost an entire season after his knee buckled while trying to pick up a 7-10 split.
H/T to readers Jamison, (@AlexCheremeteff)