October 2, 2014

Iguodala: Great Game, Bad Shot, Dumb Comment

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.

Your thoughts?

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Comments

  1. deepsixersuede says:

    Dannie, I hope management somehow gets a bigtime playmaker that allows Iggy to play to his strengths and not have to be what he is not. The defensive core of Sam, Iggy and Jrue is a good starting point if we get a coach with a clue.

  2. tk76 says:

    That trio really complement each other well.
     
    Jrue is helped by having another good ball handler and creator on the floor while he is learning  to be a PG.
     
    Iguodala is a better player when he is not fprcing it.  So when Jrue plays like a real PG it allows Iguodala to take advanatges of openings made through Jrue’s drives.
     
    Sam is best when he stays near the hoop.  And with Jrue and Iguodala both feeding him he will be more likely to stay in tight, less likely to drift out and shoot jumpers.
     
    …now they need an athletic jump shooter.  maybe we get lucky like when Iguodala slipped and see Wesley Johnson slip to the Sixers.

  3. deepsixersuede says:

    tk, do what it takes to get Johnson and get rid of all the soft players. I found it interesting reading this week that Izzo had interest in the bulls job when it was open. Get the right coach and fill out the bench with hungry players.

  4. tk76 says:

    If they had Jrue/Iguodala/Wes/Speights/Sam and did not have Brand’s contract I would actually be enthused about their future.  Sure they would still need a superstar, but they would seem to be on the right path.
     
    I guess we will have to wait three years for Brand’s contract to come off the books and Jrue will still be only 22, so I guess with some patience maybe there is a glimmer of hope.

  5. The Real Rob says:

    What this team needs is maturity in all facets: for our current players to hopefully gain some and also add some maturity in veterans that are glue-guys.  (Look at the Bucks and the Bobcats.)  The Sixers need a coach that is tough-minded on the defensive end and makes an effort to preach effort.  This team has played well–in spurts only.  That has to be changed and it has to be for 48 minutes on a nightly basis.  Avery Johnson would be that ideal coach.  Plus, where was Elton Brand when the team needed him down the stretch– that small lineup was killing their chances in the rebounding department.  Anyway, each loss will help in the draft.

  6. Dannie says:

    TK – Sadly I don’t think I would blindly be excited about a line-up of Jrue/Iguodala/Wes/Speights/Sam unless they actually played well and really won some games.

    Sure they would still need a great player if they want to win a championship but in the meantime they would need to be performing at a level that would even attract a great player with what money they had (assuming they are good enough to not get top 3 picks at that point).

    What do you think the potential of a line-up like that is?  2nd round, better or worse?

  7. Dannie says:

    Oh and I’d be MUCH more excited if we had Hickson instead of Speights.

  8. tk76 says:

    Dannie, I doubt that team wins all that much right away.  But they would be entertaining, young and improving.  They would have complememtary skills and be age 20-26.  And if they did not have Brand’s horrible contract they would have flexibility to improve from that decent starting point.
     
    I guess it could even work with Brand, since in 3 years when his contract is expiring the could maybe flip him in part of a package for a big ticket star to add the final piece to make them a serious contender.  But who knows how much Iguodala will have in the tank at age 30.  I expect him to fall off a cliff somewhere from age 29-32 unless he gets a consistent jumper.

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