Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  6 responses

Andre Iguodala Was Unhappy in Philly, Doug Collins Says Things Were ‘Wonderful’

Denver Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala recently opened up about his frustrations during his last few years in Philadelphia. According to Sixers head coach Doug Collins, however, everything was perfectly rosy. From CSN Philly: “When asked about Iguodala’s comments, Collins took the high road. ‘My feeling is I had a wonderful two years with ‘Dre,’ Collins said. ‘I look back and I think he made me a better coach. ‘The thing I feel great about is in the two years we were together, before I took the job I thought long and hard to talk to Jerry Colangelo and Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) about having ‘Dre on the world championship team, and what I thought he would bring to that team. Our first year, we were plus-14 wins and he was second-team All-Defense. Our next year, we go to the seventh game of the conference semifinals, and he makes the All-Star team and wins a gold medal. So I feel great about our time together.’ As a rookie, Evan Turner was thought to be unable to get along with Iguodala. Later, it was perceived the two players could not coexist on the court. Still, the third-year Sixer had his former teammate’s back. ‘Everything is not going to be perfect,’ Turner said. ‘I think ‘Dre, whether he was frustrated or not, he still came out and played every night. He played hurt. You can’t really knock his opinion. It is his opinion and I am not going to knock him for how he feels because that is a personal thing. At the end of the day, it is about what the team needs from you and what the coach asks you to do. In Andre’s defense, he always did both. Last year, he was an All-Star, won a gold medal and got us to the second round.’”

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  • nick

    Props to turner

  • http://www.facebook.com/edmondvillanuevadmd Edmond Christopher Wong Villan

    Classy comments by doug and evan.

  • Phil

    Let me tell you, the whole of Philly was unhappy with iggy. He is a third star on a team that couldn’t shoot. It worked out for all.

  • nhm

    i wonder why andre has to give those comments… apparently his ex team still wishes him well…

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    He never could live up to being the next superstar after the original AI. I don’t think he wanted to. He just wanted to play his game. He’s not the superstar type. All-Star talent. I’m interested in seeing how different he plays in Denver. Now we’ll see if Turner is capable of living up to being a number 2 pick.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    He wanted to initially when he was taking shots at Iverson about shooting so much. Then he got a chance to carry the load and realized how much it weighed.