Posted on: November 9, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:37 pm
Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala is expected to return to the court on Friday after suffering from an Achilles injury. Posted by Ben Golliver. Last Friday, we noted that Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala strained his right Achilles and underwent an MRI. It appears as if the injury will only keep him out for roughly a week. The Sixers report on Twitter that Iguodala did not practice on Tuesday due to "right Achilles tendonitis," but that he will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, which includes games at Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio. The team also noted that Sixers head coach Doug Collins told the media on Tuesday that "the target game for Iguodala's return is Friday" at the Dallas Mavericks. In Iguodala's absence, the Sixers defeated the New York Knicks on Sunday, and rookie wing Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, had a nice night, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first start.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:32 pm
Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala strained his right Achilles tendon on Friday and will reportedly undergo an MRI. Posted by Ben Golliver.
Philly.com reports that 76ers forward Andre Iguodala suffered a right Achilles injury that forced him to leave Philadelphia's Frriday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sixers coach Doug Collins changed his second-half starting lineup, going with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andres Nocioni, Elton Brand, and Tony Battie. Collins benched starting center Spencer Hawes and was without swingman Andre Iguodala, who suffered a strained right Achilles tendon on the final play of the first half.Sixers beat writer Kate Fagan reports on Twitter that Iguodala will under an MRI on Saturday on the Achilles tendon. In Iguodala's absence, the Sixers dropped Friday night's game, 123-116, to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The loss dropped Philly to 1-5 on the season and they are currently in the Atlantic Division cellar, four games behind the divison-leading Celtics less than two weeks into the season. Through five games, Iguodala is averaging 14.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in a team-high 38.8 minutes per game. Should he miss time due to the injury, look for reserve guard Evan Turner, who Philly selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, to pick up the playing time slack. Iguodala made headlines recently for some early rumblings that he might be looking to bail out of a sinking Sixers ship, although he has not yet submitted a trade request to management. Fagan also reports that Philadelphia's other starting forward, Andre Nocioni, will also undero an MRI on Saturday, on his ailing right ankle.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:01 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:23 pm
Washington Wizards forward Cartier Martin hit a last-second 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers to send the game into overtime, where the Wizards eventually won. Posted by Ben Golliver. What a wild night in Washington, where the Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime to win their home opener at the Verizon Center, 116-115. Wizards forward Cartier Martin sent the game to overtime by nailing a step-in 3-pointer in the last second of regulation over Sixers forward Andre Iguodala. John Wall led the way for Washington, nearly notching a triple-double with 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals. For more on the game, head over to CBSSports.com's GameTracker.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:24 pm
Washington Wizards point guard John Wall does "The Dougie" dance prior to his team's home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. Posted by Ben Golliver. Before the Washington Wizards home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, rookie point guard John Wall did a spirited, extended version of "The Dougie" during player introductions, much to the enjoyment of his teammates and the announcing crew. "Once he gets over his shyness, he's going to be something else," joked Steve Buckhantz, Washington's television play-by-play announcer, as Wall joined his teammates for a pre-game huddle. "He's so reserved," cracked Phil Chenier, Washington's television analyst. Wall, the No.1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, is no stranger to recognition for his boogying abilities. He made headlines last fall for the "John Wall Dance" during his only season at the University of Kentucky. The "Dougie" dance was popularized by hip hop group Cali Swag District's hit single "Teach Me How To Dougie ."
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:03 pm
76ers are without a single player with professional winning record.
Posted by Matt Moore
The Sixers aren't really all that young. I mean, they're not old. But Andre Iguodala, their "star" is 26, entering his prime. Elton Brand is a dinosaur that never got to really rome the Earth, and they have five players 29 or older on roster. They have some young pieces in huge roles, like 22-year-old Thaddeus Young and 20-year-old Jrue Holiday, but in general, they're a pretty balanced squad, age-wise.
Which is what makes a fact Doug Collins relayed to the Philadelphia Inquirer 's Kate Fagan all the more stunning. From the PI :
In that vein, Sixers coach Doug Collins offered this statistic after the game (which he said he shared with his team as well): No player on the Sixers roster has a winning record as a professional. That actually struck me as quite amazing. Obviously there are the mainstays that you know don't have a winning record because they've been with the Sixers their entire careers (Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, etc.), but to think that even the added veterans and transplants (Andres Nocioni, Tony Battie) don't have winning records is amazing. It's a statistic that is common sense once you think about it, but still quite representative of the uphill battle this team faces.
Not one player. Not Andres Nocioni. Not former Western Conference Semifinalist Elton Brand, not Jason Kapono. Not "star" Andre Iguodala (I've overused the sarcastic quotes on the word star haven't I?). Nobody. That's impressive, in an opposite kind of way.
Philadelphia is currently winless, and third worst in efficiency in the league .After what many considered a promising preseason, the team has gotten blasted. Liberty Ballers, a Sixers blog, isn't freaking out three games in, being happy that the team is competing a full 48. That and a quarter will get the team exactly nothing, because you can't really buy anything for a quarter anymore. It may be time to start looking for more than effort. Like a trade. But theyr'e right. It's still early.
Unfortunately, history does not bode well for them either.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm
Andre Iguodala has reportedly informed Philadelphia 76ers management through his camp that he would like to be traded if the team is not able toimprove this season. Posted by Ben Golliver. Earlier Friday, we noted a reassuring report out of Philadelphia that stated 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala had not requested a trade from the team. On Friday evening, a slightly different story emerged from ESPN's Chris Broussard, the go-to source for players to passive-aggressively make their disaffection with their organizations public. Broussard writes that Iguodala has not and would not publicly request a trade because that's not his style but that his camp "has let Sixers management know that if the team doesn't begin winning, he'd like to be moved elsewhere."
I’m told by well-placed sources that Andre Iguodala would like a change of scenery; that after spending the summer winning a World Championship with Team USA Iguodala can’t stomach going through another losing season in Philadelphia, especially when there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.Broussard also notes that the Sixers have denied speaking with Iguodala on the matter. Taking the soft float from Iguodala's camp and the Sixers denial together, that puts us in the most preliminary stages of a star player hijacking an organization, roughly three months behind Carmelo Anthony's current timetable. Buckle up, City of Brotherly Love. And buy stock in Evan Turner now while people still think he's a harmless nerd.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm
Allen Iverson signed with Besiktas, a professional basketball team in Turkey, during a press conference in Manhattan. Posted by Ben Golliver. Earlier this week, we noted two reports (here and here) that linked former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson to the Turkish club Besiktas. Last night, Iverson's management company issued a press release confirming that Iverson had agreed to sign a 2-year, $4 million contract with the team and that he would sign it during a ceremony at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. That ceremony took place today and, from the looks of it, I wish I had been there. This picture, for example, is pretty incredible, as Iverson is either holding his future jersey, a tent flap or maternity clothing, I can't tell which. Kate Fagan reports that Iverson plans to move his family to Turkey with him and that he claims money is not a problem.
"It’s not a problem, it’s not a problem – money. Obviously if it was about money, I would jump out there and say, ‘You want me to come off the bench? How much money are you paying?' It wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not about money or anything like that. It’s the fact that I want to play and contribute what I can give to a basketball team. I made a ton of money playing in the NBA and all I want to do is play basketball and be happy. I’m at the point in my career where mentally and physically I know I can play basketball and that’s what I want to do. If I can’t play in the NBA, but I want to play basketball, that’s a decision I have to make."Here's some video of the signing, via Philly.com, which shows Iverson shaking hands with Besiktas executives. What a surreal scene, and my immediate impulse is to conclude that, despite Iverson's move halfway across the globe to play basketball, we'll be seeing The Answer pop up from time to time for many years to come. Unfortunately, I'm cringing at that thought. Hopefully Iverson gets this back on track before he reaches Tyson Territory.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:16 pm
Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala reportedly hasn't requested a trade. Posted by Ben Golliver. Kate Fagan of Philly.com reports that Philadelphia 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala, a member of the 2010 Team USA World Championship team, has not requested a trade. Fagan writes that an ESPN broadcaster alluded to a trade request -- either now or later in the season if the Sixers struggled -- during a television broadcast on Wednesday, when the Sixers hosted the Miami Heat.
That statement, along with some circulating second and third-hand rumors, created a small amount of buzz that Iguodala wants out of Philly.
That is untrue. Iguodala has not requested a trade, nor has he told management he'd like to be traded if the Sixers aren't winning by midseason. Iguodala has not approached management with any trade request. According to a source, the "news" came from a statement Iguodala made -- saying he'd like to play for a winning team -- that was then taken out of context and morphed into the logical next step: well, if Philly isn't winning, then Iguodala wants out.Iguodala's case in Philadelphia is an interesting one right now because presumably rookie Evan Turner is the franchise's face of the future. Turner and Iguodala aren't incompatible by any means, but, fast forwarding a few years, could the Sixers make better use of his salary slot to complement Turner? It seems likely. But if you're Philadelphia and you're not in love with the Iguodala/Turner pairing, you're still in no rush to move Iguodala, even if he's unhappy. At age 26, Iguodala is just entering his prime and his trade value will therefore remain as-is into the foreseeable future. For that reason, and the fact that Iguodala's contract runs into 2013-2014 (player option on the final year), any trade talk seems extremely premature. As for Iguodala's statement that he wants to play for a winner? That's all good. With the young pieces Philly has assembled around Iguodala, contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference isn't out of the question. So, Iggy, don't talk about playing for a winner, be about it.