Monday, August 3, 2015

Igoudala, the point guard and Iverson

TNT had a conference call to talk about its All-Star coverage and members of their broadcast team were asked about several of the pressing issues facing the 76ers.

Igoudala, the point guard and Iverson

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"They are going to have to come up with a solution for Andre Iguodala," TNT analyst Reggie Miller said. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)
"They are going to have to come up with a solution for Andre Iguodala," TNT analyst Reggie Miller said. (Steven M. Falk/Staff file photo)

TNT had a conference call to talk about its All-Star coverage and members of their broadcast team were asked about several of the pressing issues facing the 76ers.

1. Andre Igoudala's future.

“They are going to have to come up with a solution for Andre Iguodala," Reggie Miller said. "Are they going to trade him or are they going to keep him? He’s reading his name in the paper every time he’s going into the sports complex. They bring back Allen Iverson the senior member of that team to try to bring back some stability. This is not the Philly team that we all expected; we expected them to be one of the top eight teams in the Eastern Conference so it’s been a little tough. Lou Williams was out with that broken jaw for a month or two months, so we haven’t seen the real Philadelphia 76ers.”

2. The lack of a point guard.

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“People now are starting to figure out how important Andre Miller was to that team," Doug Collins said. "You take a point guard off that team, Andre Miller is one of the best to throw the ball ahead on the break and let guys attack. Sometimes you lose assists that way and usually a lot of point guards hold on to that ball until the last second to get assists. This guy advances the ball, he can get down to the post, play out of the post. When you look at Philadelphia, the year that they had the really good finish and they went to the playoffs, it was a team that was built on speed and quickness, they played a small line-up. When you get Elton Brand and you put Elton Brand with Samuel Dalembert, all of a sudden you have two guys (Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala) playing out of position with no point guard. Now all of a sudden your struggles start coming and you’ve got to teach an offense predicated on cutting and moving and reading. That’s an offense that takes a lot of time to learn and a lot of time to teach. Now you have some injuries and you bring Allen Iverson into the mix and they play a different style. They are twisting and turning in between, they are all over the board with what they are trying to get accomplished. That Philadelphia team is much better playing one big guy and four smalls and running and getting in the open court. I just don’t think the pieces fit well and they really, really miss a point guard.”

3. Iverson the All-Star?

“Sure (he should be starting), why not? The fans have spoken," Miller said. "It’s not Allen Iverson’s fault (that) the fans love him that much. I understand that playing in the All-Star Game shouldn’t be a lifetime achievement award. I go back to his press conference in Philadelphia the first time around when I remember him as a snotty-nosed brat talking about practice. The press conference he had when he came back to Philadelphia has the emotion, the tears, it showed how grateful (he was) to be back in the league with the team that gave him his start; that was a man in front of us. I’m happy that he’s going to be playing in the All-Star Game.”

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