Monday, July 30th, 2012 at 9:00 am  |  11 responses

Andre Iguodala Was Invited to Try Out for Team Nigeria

Andre Iguodala, whose father is Nigerian, turned down Team Nigeria when they repeatedly tried to recruit him for their Olympic squad. Per the Philly Inquirer: “Iguodala’s father is Nigerian. So he was invited to try out for – and in this case, ‘try out for’ means ‘make’ – the Nigerian Olympic squad. That team, which includes Penn grad Koko Archibong, will compete in these Games with nine American-born players on its roster. This is the first time Nigeria qualified for the Olympics, but with Iguodala aboard, who knows if the team would have made it sooner? ‘They’ve been trying to get here for a long time now,’ Iguodala said. ‘They’ve gotten here and they want to prove that they belong. They even had training camp in Dallas, in the States. It’s interesting. I’ve gotten calls from them a few times about participating.’ In 2004, the first time he was called, Iguodala was preparing for his rookie season with the 76ers. But that wasn’t what kept him from saying yes to a unique opportunity. ‘It was always my dream to play for the USA team,’ Iguodala said. ‘That’s where I grew up. I never gave it any serious thought. It didn’t feel right to me. I’ve never been there. I’ve never really had a chance to experience their culture, only from the outside looking in because of my father.’”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    koko archibong!!!! in the house! and this must mean that they tried to get him back in the day right? he is not eligible after suiting up for usa

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    I respect his position, but I wonder if he’d be singing a different tune if he wasn’t good enough for the USA squad. lol

  • LA Huey

    ^Definitely would have taken the route of many American athletes not worthy of Team USA but I’m happy for him.

  • roybot

    Yeah I think the bottomline is that he made the US team, so no back-up plans needed.

  • Niio

    @ dfrance lol Chris Kaman playing for Germany anyone?

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    germany is not in the olympics

  • Bill

    His father is Nigerian!!! Is he an amurrcan citzin?! Where’s his birth certificate?!!!

  • 1Nigerian

    I agree with you dfrance21. If he didn’t make the USA team he would’ve been calling up Team Nigerian to get a roster spot. I wonder though, with all of the talent currently in the NBA and in the College ranks why is it that more Nigerians are not suiting up for the national team? Thoughts?

  • Yesse

    According to the FIBA rules, he shouldn’t be allowed to play for any other team anymore after he has played with one before.

  • Niio

    @Spit he did play for them though

  • nancydrew

    Iguodala was never eligible to play for u.s.a until recently. So when u.s.a didn’t want him he still wasn’t interested to play for Nigeria. He stated that his bond is with his mothers side respect that.