DRE SPEAKS (AGAIN — UGGHH)

Posted by: C. Smith
10/11/12 10:42 am EST

Former 76er Andre Iguodala is at it again.  First there was his interview with ESPN.com’s last week in which he took some cheap shots at the 76ers management over the years and the Philly fans.  Now in an interview with cbssports.com, Dre had some not so pleasant things to say about Doug Collins and his last year in a Sixers uniform.

I’ll be honest and tell you that I was a big Iguodala supporter during his time here in Philly.  While I understood that he was not an elite NBA player (and probably would never be) and that one could argue that he was overpaid, I also realized that he was a unique 5-tool player with extreme athleticism who’s presence would be highly valued by any NBA team.  As a bonus, I also thought that Dre was a class act on and off the court.

However, after reading his latest interview my opinion of Iguodala has turned.  I’m tired of him placing the blame for his shortcomings here in Philly on everyone but himself.  Were things perfect with the franchise during his run here?  Absolutely not.  But are the 76ers and more specifically Doug Collins singularly responsible for his less then superstar career over the last 8 years?  Absolutely not.  I wish that Iguodala would just shut up and move on with his life.  I know I have.

To me the oddest part about this set of interviews  by Iguodala (out side of the onslaught of negative comments) is that Dre was the anointed “leader” of the Sixers during his last couple years here in Philadelphia and he rarely had anything remotely interesting to say.  Now he has suddenly become a quote machine in Denver where apparently he is free from everything that was keeping his game down and his mouth closed here in Philadunkia nation.

More interesting quotes from Dre and our reacts after the jump… 

DRE:  “I lead the team in assists.  So I was put in the position to be a facilitator.  But it wasn’t put out there like I was a facilitator. When we lost games, it would be that I didn’t score enough.  But when we’re winning and the ball’s moving, it’s flowing, ‘Andre’s a great facilitator.’

Philadunkia Notes:  We get it already.  Collins designed the offense with you as a facilitator and you think you would have been better used as a scorer.  Stop talking about it and go out an prove DC wrong this season in Denver.  I bet you anything, and I mean anything you fall short.  You are not an NBA level high volume scorer — period.      

DRE:  “I haven’t really enjoyed basketball a whole lot the last couple of years,” Iguodala said. “Last year was a big year for us, but it was just draining for the criticism to be there every single day.”

Philadunkia Notes:  There is a possibility Dre is taking a shot at the fans and the media in Philly with this quote, but I actually think this one is directed at Collins, so I’ll go with that angle…Collins and his demanding style are notorious for burning players out after two or three years, so I can see that playing for DC is probably not a party everyday for the players.  However, for Dre to say that he didn’t enjoy the resurgence the Sixers experienced in the last two seasons is just ridiculous. 

Last year there were two time periods (the hot 18-7 start and the 2012 Playoff run) where the Sixers were more than relevant again.  In fact they absolutely owned the sports landscape in Philly at those points in the year.  Not since the 2001 NBA Finals have the 7-6 held such a lofty position in this town.  How the hell was that not enjoyable??  Collins wasn’t the only reason for the meteoric rise of this once dormant franchise over the last two years, but he certainly had a large part in it.  So if I’m a player I grow up, get a a thicker skin and enjoy the winning.  Hey Dre — did you enjoy basketball a lot under Eddie Jordan?!?           

DRE:  “Once again, you get that perception that you’re just a defender, you’re just an athlete, blah, blah, blah,” Iguodala said. “I think that’s what the perception was based on my last two years in Philly because I was the facilitator.  They didn’t want me to go out there and get 20-25 (per game) because when I got that, they said we couldn’t win.”

Philadunkia Notes:  They didn’t want you to go out and get 20-25 a night because you’re not capable of scoring at that clip on a nightly basis.  Anyone with a real knowledge of basketball could watch you play for 10 games and see that isn’t in your skill set.  So “they” were right…With you running around jacking up ill-advised shots all night the Sixers would never be a winning team.  The Sixer teams of the last two seasons needed a balance scoring attack if they were going to win.  FYI…In 2011-12 when Dre shot the ball 12 or more times per game the Sixers were 12-13.   When he fired off 11 or less FGAs, the squad was 18-14.

DRE:  “So in Doug Collins’ first year, I didn’t shoot threes because he was like, ‘I don’t want you shooting threes, I don’t want that shot…Last year, I said, ‘I’m shooting it.’ And what happened?  Shot 38 percent from three, top-25 in the NBA from three and I’m supposed to be a non-shooter.  You put so much work in, and then to be told, ‘Don’t do what you worked on all summer.'”

Philadunkia Notes:  Like any intelligent coach, Collins analyzed Dre’s stats from 2009-10 and as well as his career numbers and saw that Dre does not have the stroke to be a player who shoots a lot of 3’s.  Take a look for yourself…In Eddie Jordan’s “Princeton offense” Iguodala hoisted up 303 three pointers and only made 94 — that’s 31%.  In his career Dre has had three seasons where he shot more then 250 3PAs and his average shooting percentage across those three seasons is 31.5%.  That’s not good. 

So like any wise coach would do, Collins asked Dre to hold off all the long range shots and concentrate on other things offensively while working on his jumper on the side.  It took Dre nearly two more years of working on his jumper to prove to Collins and the League that he is a legit 3-point threat, but he finally did it in 2011-12, hitting 76 for 193 — 39%.  Thus this year I would have expected Collins to give Dre a little more freedom from behind the arc.  But for Dre to have expected the unconditional green light from deep prior to this upcoming 2012-13 season is just crazy talk.

DRE:  “I’d rather get a triple-double than score 40.”

Philadunkia Notes:  You say this, but you have spent most of the last two interviews I have read complaining that Doug Collins held you back from a scoring standpoint and that you are now going to return to “attack mode” (a scoring reference I assume) in Denver.  So it actually seems that you are a little preoccupied with proving you can score the ball at an elite level.  For the record, Iguodala has 8 triple-doubles in his career and 4 of them occurred in the last two years under DC.   

DRE:  “And the first thing you get to the playoffs.  You get to the playoffs, and you see what happened last year.  Derrick Rose goes down.  Then we get to Boston.  We took them to seven games.  Looking back, we’re saying, ‘Man, we could have beat them.’  They took Miami to seven games!  We were right there.’

Philadunkia Notes:  You’re right we could have and should have beat the old, tired and injured Celtics last spring.  And we would have if you had bothered to show up offensively in either Game 3 or Game 7 of that series.  Pick one.  Your choice.  Either one would have been fine. 

If you had gone into this new “attack mode” for one more night in your Sixers career and come up huge in a big game, the Sixers would have gone to the Eastern Conference Finals last year.  You probably wouldn’t have enjoyed it, but Philadunkia nation sure would have.


 
 
 

18 Responses to “DRE SPEAKS (AGAIN — UGGHH)”

  1. Eric
    11. October 2012 at 11:44

    C. Smith you are the man like always.

    LOL Iguodala is the most bitter person ever. He definitely is a disgusting person, just like his disgusting FT%.

    He is most definitely one of my least favorite Sixers in history:
    1. Chris Webber (never cared, just collected his checks)
    2. Andre Iguodala (obvious reasons)
    3. Kwame Brown (hasn’t played yet but the thought of his stench stinking up the Sixers uniform gives me chills)
    4. Spencer Hawes (AKA The Biggest Stiff in the NBA right now who plays meaningful minutes on a good NBA team)
    5. Tony Battie (i went to a couple of Sixers games and he was extremely rude and unwelcoming to fans)

    Keep the good stuff coming C. Smith, you are way better than that stat-heavy Steve “Troll” Toll.

  2. JBH3
    11. October 2012 at 12:10

    I guess we see Iggy’s true colors shining through now that he’s a Nugg. I would love to be pleasantly suprised of a sudden burst of offense from him, pushing him into the 20+ppg scorer ranks, but I am now looking at his 2012-13 season and want to follow it more so that I can laugh when his mouth is writing checks his game cannot cash.

  3. Sun of Man
    11. October 2012 at 13:37

    Philadelphia was NEVER going to beat the celtics and won’t beat them this year…The celtics play down to their competition, thats why a lot of the victories were pretty lopsided in that series…The celtics actually took a couple of games off…But they are just the older and smarter team…Philly made it look better than what it really was…Looking back at the series it went 4-3…but felt like the Celtics beat the Sixers in 5 or 6 games.

    Why so bitter towards Dre?…I admit he is the most overrated player in the league…but can’t the man just have his quotes and answer the questions in peace without you psycho analyzing the situation to it’s minute detail?

  4. Chris
    11. October 2012 at 13:55

    I don’t blame him for blowing off a little steam.

    He spent nine years getting shit on by everyone in this town.

  5. B-Real
    11. October 2012 at 14:20

    Let the guy have his minute to sound off, no one likes criticism. As fans, look how we react to his negative comments. Loved him when he was here, wish he would have done more(like develope a jumper an a mid-range game when he first got here).

    The book has always been on AI9 that he would be the 3rd or 4 option on a good to great team. So why was the organization never able to get players to at least make him the 3rd best player on the team. How would he fit with the 7-6 now?

  6. Steve Toll
    11. October 2012 at 14:24

    When Iguodala took 12+ shots in a game, the team went 12-13 like C. Smith said

    16 of those 25 games were against playoff teams

    Here was Iguodalas line from those 12+ shot games:

    53.5 TS%, 6.8 REB, 5.2 AST, 1.6 TO, 1.6 STL, .7 BLK

    As a reference point 01 Iverson had a 51.8 TS%, Melo had a 52.5 TS% last season, Rudy Gay was at 52.1 last year

  7. LCK
    11. October 2012 at 14:39

    I feel for Dre. Philly fans really are fair weather and negative in their opinion of the Sixers. So I don’t mind him showing some backlash.

  8. ATD
    11. October 2012 at 15:21

    Iggy, really dude. If you felt like you should have been the man, then why the hell didn’t act like it. I liked you as a player but now after reading that interview, you are just like the rest of the guys any Philly team has gotten rid of, ie T.O., Jayson Werth, etc. You are a malcontent, you were never good at scoring and free throws, had you hit more of the ones you missed the Sixers would have won more games. Blame yourself, I can wait till the Philly faithful have the opportunity to give it to you. Good riddence man!

  9. MattSg
    12. October 2012 at 00:35

    Dang i wasnt expecting iggy to bash us like this. I hope e.t goes off on him the first game of the season lol

  10. Bryan Maycon
    12. October 2012 at 00:38

    You know what. I don’t care what iggy says as long as our philly team wins. Mostly every player that philly nation that boos, and judges harshly, hates our city. We want to win simple as thatm, and if you disappoint us your going to hear it every where. For iggy the reason we disliked him was because he just wasn’t clutch. If he was we would of loved him, and same goes for mcnabb……

  11. Joe
    12. October 2012 at 07:45

    @Sun of Man, Beat it.. Celtics are on the way down (which you’ll get a taste of this year) and the 6ers are on the up (again, you’ll get a taste of it this year) But, I hope you savor this last year that the celtics are somewhat relevant for a long time

  12. Ant
    12. October 2012 at 09:54

    Wow is all i can say. I am a very big sixers fan and actually a supporter of Iggy when he was here. Yea i would have loved for him to knock down a few more of his shots or to be as aggressive as he was when Iverson was here but i knew that wasnt him and accepted him as the all around athletic guy who is a commodity to any team….BUT with all this talk and bashing that he has been doing and is doing im disgusted with him..im sure DC wouldnt have had a problem with him if he was more aggressive and scored more. Hell nobody would have been mad..Anyways cant wait til we beat them Oct. 31…smh Dre

  13. Slappy
    12. October 2012 at 12:58

    Just think…I was bummed because I couldn’t make it to the home opener when the supposed “Iggy Tribute” is set to take place. Now, after reading how he feels about his time here, I could care less. And hey Iggy…big time scorers usually shoot better than 61% from the FT line.

    Go Sixers!!!

  14. Nick B
    12. October 2012 at 13:57

    A “scoring machine” guard does not shoot free throws as badly as he does. It sickened me to see him brick free throw after free throw during the series against Boston. Maybe he should’ve focused on free throw shooting along with that “wet” three he has. Enough talk, just go live your new life and stop blaming others for your downfalls.

  15. Lennix
    12. October 2012 at 22:17

    yeah we have a more quotable bynum now. with jayrue free to do whatever.
    steve, so he didnt show up and score when we needed against playoff teams? enough said. please stop defending iggy to this extent. he’s gone. i wouldnt want rudy gay or carmelo on our team anyway. meh.

  16. Steve Toll
    13. October 2012 at 01:53

    When Iguodala took 12+ shots in a game, the team went 12-13 like C. Smith said

    16 of those 25 games were against playoff teams

    Here was Iguodalas line from those 12+ shot games:

    53.5 TS%, 6.8 REB, 5.2 AST, 1.6 TO, 1.6 STL, .7 BLK

    As a reference point 01 Iverson had a 51.8 TS%, Melo had a 52.5 TS% last season, Rudy Gay was at 52.1 last year

    Lennix,

    You realize playing elite defense and being a + offensive player is quite valuable in the playoffs?

  17. Leave It On the Court
    15. October 2012 at 12:03

    “I wish that Iguodala would just shut up and move on with his life. I know I have.”

    — C. Smith

    Writing this column is proof that you haven’t “moved on”.

    Let Iggy spew. We have a lot more going for us this year which should deter us from wasting our time on Iggy now.

  18. Steve Toll
    18. October 2012 at 00:17

    Leave in on the Court,

    I vehemently disagree with both your points.

    The interview is of particular interest to the fanbase and if your expectation of the season entails a major improvement, prepare to be disappointed

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