Andre Iguodala was trying to play it cool, attempting to brace himself from possible disappointment, but it’s clear that tonight’s all-star announcement is a big deal, no matter how much he tries to downplay matters.
Iguodala has the best shot to be named to the all-star team in his eight-year career. The Eastern Conference reserves will be announced tonight on TNT, prior to the game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.
Fans picked the starters and the Eastern Conference coaches choose the reserves. A coach can't select his own player.
“I think it would be a good experience but it won’t be like a heart breaker or like a bomb dropped on me,” Iguodala said after today’s practice at PCOM. “Hopefully we get good news but there will be no bad news.”
Yes there will bad news if the Sixers aren’t represented according to coach Doug Collins.
“I woke up at 4 o’clock this morning and hope and pray we’re represented,” Collings said. “…I wish we could get two but right now I am praying for one.”
Collins said he has talked to a number of fellow Eastern Conference coaches about the voting.
“I had 4-5 text messages from guys who said they voted for Dre and some said they voted for Lou (Williams) so let’s see,” Collins said.
Iguodala’s numbers aren’t off the charts, but it says here he is all-star worthy. He is averaging 13 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.77 steals and receives the toughest defensive assignment every night.
Iguodala, along with LeBron James and Kyle Lowry are the only NBA players averaging at least 13 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
The fact that the Sixers have the third best record in the Eastern Conference is also in his favor.
Iguodala hasn’t been outwardly campaigning for himself, but when asked if he would vote for himself, he summed it up in two short words.
“Of course,” he said.
- Marc Narducci