Iguodala learns from NBA’s best

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Sep 282010
Sixers forward Andre Iguodala

Sixers forward Andre Iguodala

September 28 Camden Courier-Post:

“It was a long time coming for Andre Iguodala, but the Sixers’ swingman finally got the chance to play this summer for a team that won something significant.

The 6-foot-6 Iguodala was a starter for Team USA, which captured the FIBA World Championship in Turkey. Monday, as the Sixers prepared to open their first training camp under new head coach Doug Collins, Iguodala said he’ll always remember the experience.

“It was a great feeling to just experience with those guys,” Iguodala said during the Sixers’ annual media day. “People ask me about the gold medal all the time, and I say it’s not that big of a deal — the gold medal.

“It’s a great thing to have in my closet; but just the experience outweighs everything else.”

Given how hard he worked over the summer, Iguodala acknowledged that the start of training camp came a little faster than he would have hoped.

Physically, Iguodala said he felt fine, but he spoke of fears that he might be mentally tired and suggested he might ask about having limited duty at camp, which will be at Saint Joseph’s University.

“I can understand why some guys need a little bit of time after that because it’s a quick turnaround,” Iguodala said. “But I’m excited about the season.”

Now that he is beginning his seventh NBA season, all with the Sixers, you’d think Iguodala would have a pretty good sense of how he needs to prepare for the rigors of an NBA season.

After all, he has enjoyed some success over the years, having averaged 15.9 points and 5.8 rebounds during in his career.

But he said having a chance to associate with some of the game’s better players in world-championship play will help him develop more as a player this year.

“The biggest thing I learned is the small things,” he said. “I noticed what some of the guys were doing over there — things that no one will see.

“I clicked with Rajon Rondo, Chauncey Billups — the point guards — and I saw of lot of things they do that I normally wouldn’t have seen that makes those guys great players.””

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