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It Took Less Than a Season for Andre Iguodala to Irk Denver

Kyle Scott - February 20, 2013

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Fool me once…

This article, sent to me by reader Chris this morning, is more than a week old, but I’m guessing most of you don’t read the Denver Post on a daily basis. So we’ll call it new

It has taken exactly four months for Iggy to get under the skin of folks in Denver.

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post:

To score 13.5 points per game, Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala is being paid $15 million per year, give or take a Porsche.

Even by the wacky standards of the NBA, that does not compute.

No way, no how, is Iguodala worth the money.

Iguodala is a clamp-down defender, a true professional and a compelling interview.

But the NBA is not a spelling bee. You don't get paid $15 million for giving intelligent sound bites or getting eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

For $15 million, was it too much to expect for the 29-year-old Iguodala to lead the Nuggets in scoring, be an all-league defender and stamp his personality on the locker room?

His defense has met expectations. The rest of the shiny package? Empty.

After 50 games with the Nuggets since arriving in trade, Iguodala is in danger of finishing with career lows for field-goal percentage, free-throw percentage and rebounds per game. But the real head-scratcher is why an Olympic gold medal winner from the Dream Team hasn't been more forceful in establishing high standards for these young, often- inconsistent Nuggets. 

 

In two games since that article was written, Iguodala has scored one and five point(s), respectively.

Kiszla seems to be blaming Iguodala for his (remaining) $15 million contract, which isn’t entirely fair, especially since Iggy signed it with another team. But, those are the same sorts complaints we heard in Philly– good defender, liked by most scriptuals, but ultimately disappointing and frustrating. 

Iggy is Denver’s problem now, and, even with all the Bynum nonsense, I’m glad he’s gone. But one of the sentiments that still seems to exist is the general applauding of the Sixers for pulling off some great trade last summer.

They did no such thing.

I wrote at the time that the Sixers were patsies, a means to an end. The deal was about Dwight Howard going to the Lakers. Everything and everybody else was just filler. The Sixers (it seemed…) made out, but no more than the local diaper store makes out when Walmart moves to a bigger, newer location a town away. The Sixers won(?) by osmosis, nothing more. So, Bynum’s looniness aside, why do we still talk like the Sixers orchestrated some breathtaking trade? They didn’t. They lucked into being able to move Iguodala, and in the process, they landed what they thought would be a star someone who would play basketball.

On that note, here are some Bynum hair memes from Twitter:

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via (@YourMasterTyler)


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via (@PhillyUnionKevinK)



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via (@cjzero)

Andre Iguodala Posted a Message to Sixers Fans on His Website

Kyle Scott - October 31, 2012

Andre Iguodala, who took passive swipes at Sixers fans and Doug Collins earlier this year, decided he wanted to smooth things over before getting booed tonight. He posted a message to fans on his website. It reads:

Philly—

I would like to take the time to thank you and all your devoted sports fans for the passion, loyalty and spirit that you gave to me during my eight seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Thanks as well to the 76ers organization, who gave me the opportunity to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA and provided me with a great front office of dedicated people to work with. I would also like to thank all the coaches, trainers and teammates that I was blessed to compete along side and build lasting relationships with here.

Tonight I begin a new chapter in my career but I will always share my accomplishments with the city and the organization and I thank you both for all that you have done for me.

Sincerely,

Andre Iguodala

 

Others, like Pat Burrell and Shane Victorino took out newspaper ads… but this is cool too. I guess. Nicely worded by his PR person.

Report: Sixers Involved in Talks for Blockbuster Four-Team Dwight Howard Trade

Kyle Scott - August 9, 2012

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OHHMMAAAGODDDDDWEREGETTINGDWIGHTHOWARD.

We’re not.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarakaowjwskdsowhskski reports that the Sixers, Lakers, Magic and Nuggets are involved in talks for a blockbuster four-team trade that would land the Sixers Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol and send Andre Iguodala to Denver. Yes, please: [Yahoo!]

There are multiple moving parts in the fluid talks, but the framework of a possible deal includes Howard and Denver forward Al Harrington going to the Lakers, Philadelphia guard Andre Iguodala going to the Nuggets, Los Angeles center Andrew Bynum moving to the 76ers, and Los Angeles forward Pau Gasol and Denver guard Arron Affalo going to the Magic, sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

 

He goes on to say that Bynum or Gasol could be the player who goes to the Sixers.

That’s great. Really, it is. But it’s hard to get too excited. The key player in the deal, Howard, would be going elsewhere, making someone else a title contender. 

Lately, we’ve gotten used to the Phillies (pre-end of days days), Eagles and Flyers going after big-time, big-name players in their respective quests for a championship (none have paid off– the Phillies’ spending has come in the Amaro years… and, well, they’ve gone backwards each year). The Sixers, however, still play the patsy, a means to an end, for other teams. Bynum and Gasol are fine players, both undoubtedly better than Iguodala (trust me, I’d applaud the trade), but it’s swapping a Robin for a Robin. Admittedly, the Sixers would be trading Chris O’Donnell’s Robin for Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s. But they’d still be getting the Robin to Howard’s, um, Superman.

The last eight teams to win championships have had either LeBron, Dirk, Kobe, Celtics trio, or Duncan. Winning teams need stars. And while it was a long shot that Howard was going to wind up in Philly, it’s hard to get too excited when the Sixers play a mere supporting role in helping another team (Lakers) land the all-around best player in the deal.

Still, getting Bynum would be a good thing.

Bill Simmons, whose basketball trade value list is my go-to for NBA player rankings, had Bynum at 21 this past year, up from 38 in 2011.

Here’s what Simmons wrote in each of those years:

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Videos: Sixers Win in Final Seconds

Kyle Scott - May 11, 2012

What better way to celebrate the first two clutch free throws of Andre Iguodala's career and the Sixers first playoff series win since before Citizens Bank Park opened than by showing off a video roundup from the final moments of last night’s game.

Not going to lie– despite all the (deserved) negativity surrounding the Sixers over the last decade, and setting aside the fact that they beat a Bulls team without their two best players (let’s face it: zero chance with Rose and Noah), it’s nice to finally, once again, have exciting pro basketball in this town. Now we get to experience another Philly-Boston series, which is winnable. Long-shot. But winnable. 

Here are videos from the final seconds, from the stands, and from Doug Collins' I'm a Sixer for live post-game press conference.

Just step over the jump in 1… 2… 3… 4… 5…

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Andre Iguodala Pulled Out The Chair From Under Lou Williams Last Night

Kyle Scott - April 19, 2012

I wish I had a more clever title than that, but I do not. You know, stuff like this is totally safe for multi-million dollar athletes to be doing to each other.

Portrait of a Leader Part Six: Andre Iguodala Fires a Missile From Three

Kyle Scott - March 5, 2012

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What do you think the chances are that this shot went in? 

If you guessed no fucking way, why in the hell would someone take a contested three with over five seconds to go in a three-point game don’t they have that internal clock which tells them there’s still time to find a better shot instead of using a rocket launcher to pound a hole in the glass with a shot that looked more like a volleyball spike than an NBA three-pointer– you’d be correct.

Yes, Andre Iguodala is a well-rounded player who defends and is good for the rare awe-inspiring dunk… but he always manages to boggle the mind with his last-minute execution.

Video here.

We've gone easy on AI 2 this year, but please see other installments in our Portrait of a Leader series from last year.

Video: Sixers Get Jobbed in Final Second

Kyle Scott - February 19, 2012

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What you don’t see in this video is Doug Collins saying “that’s bullshit” and calling the ref a “fucking asshole.” 

At first it looked like Iguodala committed a foul, but after watching the replay, it’s clear that he really did get all ball.

Video after the jump.

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Andre Iguodala Takes Passive Swipe at Allen Iverson

Kyle Scott - January 25, 2012

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Photo: Penn Live

Last night, Barack Obama delivered what could be his final State of the Union address. Following the speech, House Speaker John Boehner nearly tore the president’s arm off, giving him a handshake that made Obama’s head thrust backward like that of a meager child who had absorbed a direct hit from an angry dodgeball. 

But it was what happened during the speech that interests us: Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes engaged in moderately entertaining banter on Twitter, and that led to this comment from Iggy:

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Nice. 

Now, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out who he’s talking about– seemingly one Mr. Allen Iverson.