As you already know the Sixers lost, despite one of their best offensive efforts vs. the Raptors this afternoon. The game was highlighted but great individual performances by Iguodala and Jrue Holiday and equally as bad defense and rebounding by the entire team.
The other likely topic of discussion is the highly contested 26-foot three point shot Andre Iguodala took with his team down three, 26 seconds on the clock and being defended by Chris Bosh.
When asked about it after the game Dre had this to say:
“I think to be one of the elite players you have to have that confidence in yourself no matter what situation, whether you are making shots or not.”
I am 100% confident comments like these are exactly why a lot of people dislike this dude.
Personally, I thought the shot was clearly ill-advised and 100% selfish. He wanted all the individual glory of hitting that shot, not to mention provide an opportunity for him to make some completely uncalled for gesture as if he, that shot and his team matter one bit.
There is no other reason for him taking that shot other than to say I have the balls to take that shot and hit it (if that were the case).
I like and dislike Iguodala. When he plays under control and within his means he is a highly productive player. I really like that player.
But often he gets into the mindset displayed in the above quote and his game goes to hell. That guy I don’t like so much.
Psychologically I just think Dre feels extremely under appreciated and respected as a player and you hear it often in his comments. On top of that I think he wants to be considered on the level of Kobe, LeBron, Wade so bad that he tries too hard. Both with what he tries to do on the court and how he talks about himself off the court. Like if he constantly talks about himself as one of the elite players, makes cocky gestures and takes shots he perceives great players take that people will just believe it.
They won’t and they don’t.
Just play your game man. Don’t worry about what people think or say. We’ll like you a whole lot more if you just play within your game and start leading this team to greener pastures. Stop talking, it never turns out good for you.