Saturday, December 20, 2014

Iguodala survives cut in hopes of making 2010 World Championship team

The roster for the USA world championship team got trimmed to 15 today, and the 76ers Andre Iguodala made the cut.

Iguodala survives cut in hopes of making 2010 World Championship team

Andre Iguodala survived the first cut for the U.S. team. The final roster will be trimmed from the current 15 players to 12. (Steven M. Falk / Staff File Photo)
Andre Iguodala survived the first cut for the U.S. team. The final roster will be trimmed from the current 15 players to 12. (Steven M. Falk / Staff File Photo)

USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo and coach Mike Krzyzewski announced today the 15 players who will head to New York for a week of workouts starting Aug. 10 in the hopes of making the final 12-man roster for the World Championships next month in Turkey. 

Sixers forward Andre Iguodala is among the group.

The group had worked out for four days in Las Vegas, which ended with an intrasquad game on Saturday night, where he finished with 17 points on 5-6 shooting from the field (including 3-3 from three-point range) along with six rebounds and five assists.

"He wants to be on this team, and that's impressed us," said Krzyzewski. "He had as good a week as anybody in Las Vegas. He was efficient offensively, took easy shots, was a very good outside shooter. We think he can drive the ball. His athleticism on the defensive end...he's one of the best in the NBA. We see him more at the three (small forward) or on the wing possibly being a shut down defender."

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Also making the cut were: Chauncey Billups, Tyson Chandler, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay, Eric Gordon, Danny Granger, Jeff Green, Brook Lopez, Kevin Love, Lamar Odom, Rajon Rondo, Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook.

The team is on the smaller end as big men Amar'e Stoudemire and David Lee both were lost on the first day, Stoudemire due to "insurance reasons" and Lee to injury.

Krzyzewski said that with the team being on the smaller side, they will have to defend the perimeter and get out on the break as much as possible, a style that certainly caters to Iguodala's style.

The Worlds begin Aug. 28.

Bob Cooney
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