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November 9 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Normally it would be quicker to walk up a flight of stairs to a team meeting on the second floor, rather than wait for an elevator to arrive. But 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala thought it was worth it to wait.
Iguodala did not practice Monday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine because of a strained right Achilles tendon, which caused him to sit out Sunday’s game in New York. He spoke to reporters but provided little indication as to when he would resume on-court activity.
“The one thing we don’t want to have a problem with is coming back too fast and overcompensating, [with] something else happening,” said Iguodala, who had the second most consecutive starts among active NBA players (252 games) until Sunday. “We’re just being cautious and hoping it doesn’t lead to something else.”
Coach Doug Collins was optimistic that Iguodala would return soon, saying, “I would think unless he had a dramatic setback . . . he would probably be able” to play Wednesday in Oklahoma City.
However, Iguodala said the strain felt “a little stiff.” He was noncommittal when asked whether he would play Wednesday in the second game of a five-game trip.
“I haven’t practiced,” he said. “I talked about that with our trainer as well – not practicing and then just getting thrown back into the flame too fast, coming from just walking around to all-out sprinting, NBA action. So we’ll see how tomorrow looks.”
Iguodala said he thought he might have been hurt last Tuesday in Washington, though the sprain was more obvious Wednesday when the Sixers hosted Indiana.”
November 9 Philadelphia Daily News:
“The anticipation in Istanbul has been immense. Allen Iverson is coming. The news has been swirling for weeks. It does not seem to matter that Iverson is 35, that his best days are behind him, that he struggled last season in three games with the Memphis Grizzlies and 25 with the 76ers. All that matters is, Allen Iverson is coming. In true Iverson fashion, he was supposed to be there Saturday, to be greeted by throngs of people, to sign autographs, to be introduced to his new teammates with Besiktas. But he missed his flight, supposedly because he arrived at the airport without his passport. (Where, oh where, have we heard something like that before?)
He is holding a 2-year contract worth $4 million, but the celebration was delayed until yesterday, when he was surrounded (mobbed?) by dozens of photographers and media members at Ataturk Airport, with giddy fans singing what seemed to be fight songs. He wore a jersey from his new team – with the No. 4 because European basketball rules forbid anything lower – and a red Phillies cap, and put on his flashy earrings once he cleared security. In various photos and video clips, he seemed almost dazed.
The welcome party will continue today with a light and music show, the team said.
“They were great. That is the most important thing to be accepted and wanted and appreciated,” Iverson told reporters upon his arrival. “It was a good feeling to see them come and support me. That’s exciting me more and more to get done what I want to get done and that is winning basketball games.
November 9 Philadelphia Daily News:
“Ever since coach Doug Collins took over the 76ers and got a chance to look at the talent that was assembled, he noticed that there didn’t seem to be much difference between the “firsts” and the “seconds.”
In fact, many times at practice, it was the second unit that was winning the end-of-practice scrimmages.
In Sunday’s win at New York, without injured Andre Iguodala, Collins watched his team earn its second win of the season mainly due to a lot of those “seconds.”
Rookie Evan Turner made his first start of the season, in place of Iguodala, scoring 14 points while grabbing 10 rebounds. Veteran center Tony Battie contributed a solid 16 minutes, stabilizing a defense that was surrendering easy baskets that had put them in a nine-point hole.
Guard Jodie Meeks, activated for the first time this season, also provided a spark off the bench, collecting five points and three steals in 16 minutes.
“I used him as an example [Sunday] when I talked to [rookie] Craig Brackins about the one thing in this league is that you’re always one ankle turn away from your opportunity to play,” Collins said.
“Jodie’s been our odd man out and not because of his own doing. It has nothing to do with anything that he has or has not done. It’s just the numbers were out there and it’s tough to get him time. He took advantage of his opportunity. He’s a competitor, he’s high energy, he’s tough, he’s not afraid to take big shots. I thought he helped turn the game around. He did, Tony Battie did, I thought Mo Speights gave us some good minutes. They were critical for us winning that game.”
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