Saturday, September 20, 2014
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Not Too Soon To Be Concerned

It's not too soon to be concerned about the Sixers finding a comfort level for Andre Iguodala.

Not Too Soon To Be Concerned

Andre Iguodala is not a prototype NBA shooting guard.

There, I've said it. You can stop trying to tell me the obvious in your emails. But I'm open to suggestions about how to find a comfort level for the guy, who is clearly an NBA talent, who has a gift of being able to fill up multiple columns of the boxscore, who seemed last season as if he were on the verge of a break-through to All-Star consideration.

Here's one thought that has been known to work at every level of the sport: Get him an easy bucket at the start. The thinking is, if you make one, you might also make the next five. After that, get him in a position to do what he does best, which is run the floor, throwing down dunks, at the very least getting to the rim, drawing fouls. Build him up; don't tear him down.

It's much, much too early to even broach the subject of a lineup change. Coach Maurice Cheeks has all he can handle right now trying to find some stability in his substitution rotation, in his offensive sets with the low-post presence of Elton Brand, and in his defensive schemes. I'm from a school that says Iguodala didn't suddenly forget how to play, but he does need some time to find a new comfort level.

I have another idea in the back of my mind, but it might be too radical and I'd prefer to get some feedback from personnel and scouting people I trust.

Iguodala needs some time to sort this out. And so do I.

About this blog
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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