Let me start this by saying that I am not a fan of Andre Iguodala. Yes, he’s a great defender with a ton of athleticism. Well, I don’t pay north of $13 million per year for that. I don’t care about his highlight dunks; they are still only worth two points. His jump shot is pretty bad, with a high arc that just doesn’t lend itself to consistency. He doesn’t take it to the rack like he used to. He makes dumb turnovers. And don’t even get me started on asking him to hit a big shot at the end of a game.
I’m not a fan.
So, when this Sports Illustrated article hit with a quote from him about the poor defense of his teammate Lou Williams, it was pretty much the last straw for me (even though the last straw for me was actually sometime last season or the season before).
Iggie starts pontificating about scorers and defenders and wonders aloud why more great scorers aren’t great defenders. Fine, fair point. But then, he proceeds to throw Sweet Lou under the bus:
“I learned from being a go-to guy what I didn’t like,” Iguodala says. “Coaches tell you, ‘Get to the hole. Don’t settle for jump shots.’ So when I guard somebody, I want them to settle for jumpers—outside the paint but inside the three-point line—and then use my length to contest late.” Iguodala memorizes where opponents hold the ball before they raise it up. Bryant is the toughest to strip because he cradles the ball by his hip; Lakers forward Metta World Peace might appear to be the easiest, because he puts it in front of his body, but he is trying to draw cheap fouls. “It makes no sense to me why so many good scorers can’t defend,” Iguodala says. “Like Lou Williams. He’s one of the toughest guys to guard in the league, but he can’t guard anybody. I don’t get that.”
“[H]e can’t guard anybody.”
Seriously? What good comes from you saying that, Andre? Please, share with us all. The Sixers season is spiraling out of control for a variety of reasons, and then he needs to pour this verbal gasoline on the fire.
Maybe he’s close with Williams and this is an on-going joke. I guess that’s possible, but it still doesn’t look good. If I’m Lou, I think I might decide to wonder aloud myself. I might wonder why more guys who get paid $13+ million per year aren’t better basketball players. How come guys who get paid so much can’t make a free throw with any consistency? So many players, like say Andre Iguodala, who make all this money can hardly be trusted with the ball in their hands. Sweet Lou might say that he “just doesn’t get that.”
I know Iggie has his defenders who praise his defense and energy, and will point to his All Star appearance (completely fraudulent by the way) this season. I don’t care. I don’t buy it. He’s too expensive to be so deficient in so many areas. This is not money well spent.
And now you can throw “calling out teammates” to the list of things I don’t like about him.