Friday, December 26, 2014

Iguodala stars again

The stellar summer of Andre Iguodala continued Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Iguodala stars again

Andre Iguodala has had a great summer playing with Team USA. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)
Andre Iguodala has had a great summer playing with Team USA. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones)

The stellar summer of Andre Iguodala continued Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Iguodala posted game highs of 15 points and six rebounds and was named the player of the game in USA Blue's 49-47 win over USA White.

The intrasquad game for the finalists for the U.S. roster for the World Championships was played on a stage at the famous venue as part of the World Basketball Festival.

Iguodala shot 7-for-11 from the field and 1-for-3 from the arc. Lamar Odom led USA White with 13 points. A Jay-Z concert followed the game.

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"Well, this has been fun," Iguodala said. "You know, it's been a great experience being with USA Basketball, and just trying to take full advantage of the opportunity to play with these guys and being coached by Coach Krzyzewski. His list of accomplishments speaks for itself, so everybody listens to him, and I'm just trying to play my role with this team. Everybody has the same goal, and we're all trying to contribute whatever we can bring to the team."

The team has been working out in New York since Tuesday, but this was the first public game situation.

"It was just great to get on an open court for the guys to get tired," Iguodala said. "We've been practicing just kind of half court, playing five‑minute segments. I think it was good for us to get tired tonight and try to get that second wind, so when we do play those other teams, guys' minutes will be cut a little bit more, but we can play as hard as we can and then we've got another solid group coming after that. The attitude was great, fans were there, and it was good to get the support from the NBA players, LeBron, Carmelo just to name a few. We really want to represent our country with that name on the front of our chests."

The U.S. team faces France on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. USA Basketball needs to trim the roster from 15 to 12 before the World Championships begin Aug. 28 in Turkey. The U.S. team is in New York through Monday and then will head to Europe for several exhibition games in advance of the tournament.

"I think we might even have a decision by this weekend," Krzyzewski said. "We're not rushing it because all these guys have done a good job. But at some point you have to move on. And when that time comes, it won't be because one guy is better than the other, it'll be because we feel a core group of players that we're going to build a team around, like Andre being one of them, who complements them the best. So that will be a tough decision. But those are good tough decisions to have."
 

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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