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November 22 Philadelphia Daily News:
“He still doesn’t have a true position, except as a spark off the bench. But if this 76ers team is going to win some games and improve throughout the season, forward Thaddeus Young is going to have to be a big part of it.
Not having a true spot on the floor for Young could turn out to be beneficial to the team. True, at times, not having a spot to call his own has hurt Young. But it also hurts other teams at times, when they can’t match up with Young’s abilities to play the small and big forward spots. Recently, coach Doug Collins has called upon Young at the right time in games, and the fourth-year player has taken advantage, averaging more than 15 points his last five games.
“Thad is doing a better job of playing both the three [small forward] and the four [power forward],” Collins said. “He’s had some really good moments at the three, he’s had some really good moments at the four. When we started the season out, I said I think he could be a nightmare matchup by being able to do that. On a particular night, if we need him as a three he can do that, or if we need him at the four he can use his speed and quickness. I’m starting to run some things for him to give him the opportunity to do what he does best.”
It is no secret to anyone who follows this team that Young is at his best when he has the ball going toward the basket. However, too many times last season Young settled for long-range jump shots. Collins is out to correct that.”
November 22 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Andre Iguodala never seemed so happy to participate in a practice. The 76ers swingman, known for his durability, has missed five of the last seven games with tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon.
The Sixers returned to practice Sunday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine after having Saturday off, and Iguodala was ready for a brisk workout.
He strained the tendon during the Nov. 5 loss to the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers. He missed two games, returned Nov. 12 against Dallas, and played the next evening at San Antonio.
He has been sidelined for the last three games, including Friday’s 90-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Iguodala and coach Doug Collins expressed optimism that Iguodala could return for Tuesday’s game against the Wizards in Washington.
“It’s feeling better, and it’s a matter of getting warmed up. It takes a long time,” Iguodala said after practice. On Sunday, “we had a good day in terms of running, and I got a chance to get up and down the court.”
He said he had to be cautious upon his return. He might have come back too soon for the two games in Texas.
“I took a week off, and then we had back-to-backs and I didn’t get a chance to practice. I went through a walk-through” before the Dallas game, he said, “but we didn’t get a chance to practice like today, and we have another one [Monday], and that will help a lot.”
This is an unfamiliar situation for Iguodala. In five of his first six seasons, he played in all 82 games. In 2006-07, he missed six games.
Iguodala admitted he was getting a little antsy.
“You get really bored but don’t want to get back in the mix too fast and have something happen again or another injury happen again as a result of overcompensating,” he said. “You have to be smart.””
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