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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 at 10:40 am  |  14 responses

Andre Iguodala Hates to Play in National TV Games

You’d think that most pro athletes would love the spotlight that nationally-televised games offers them. Not so, says Andre Iguodala, who finds that these over-hyped matchups aren’t good for players’ psyches. Per the San Fran Chronicle:

“I hate (national) TV games,” the Warriors’ starting small forward said after Monday’s shootaround. “TV games can play tricks on you. You want to play at a high level every night, but you can kind of see how some guys may get up a little bit more for TV games, and that might mess with the flow. Guys want to show the world what they can do, and it should be more than that.

“You should want to play well as a unit on national TV. When you have young guys, guys might shoot a couple of extra shots that they normally don’t shoot, so TV games are dangerous. They can be trick games.”

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  • ARISE CHICKEN

    underlying message: curry is jacking more than usual.

  • Sérgio

    So, Iguodala is the anti-Rondo.

  • spit hot fiyah

    should have signed with milwaukee

  • dannyb

    When I read the headline I thought it was going to be an article about Iggy crumbling under the pressure, but this is actually a very mature and very true POV.

  • Dfrance

    I think he hates it because of the way he plays. When you watch Iguodala play, other than an occasional flashy dunk or pass, he looks like a scrub. I know when I watch him put up a stat line of 3 points 5 rebs and 5 assists, I’m wondering what the fuss is about. It’s not until I come here and NBK drops the advanced stats on how much more efficiently a team plays when Iggy is on the court, that I understand his worth.

    So he probably hates national TV games because of guys like me, who thinks he’s overrated because he doesn’t do anything particularly exciting out there.

  • Drig

    LOL

  • TR

    Iggy is definitely an interesting case on GS to me. Sometimes he looks like the guy that could get them over the hump then he has nights like last night where it seems like he doesnt accomplish anything. They all kinda sucked last night though.

  • pposse

    subliminal shots taken

  • pposse

    guess this makes sense. On friday night he got drilled by KD and last night the Pacers owned them. Paul George just dropped a cool 23 but 14 big first half points

  • Alf

    hahaa…here’s a more common layman example of this: Its like when you ball with a teammate / opponent and they bring their gf to the game – or just see members of the opposite sex in the stands. Literally, their games radically change.

  • Blarmac

    Well, I love them because I can’t afford League Pass.

  • Dfrance

    He was like that in Denver too tho. Only when he was in Philly and he was forced into the main role, did he put up any kind of consistent numbers. But it seems he’s much more content being 2nd, or 3rd, or 4th fiddle. At least from an offensive standpoint.

  • The Truth (with some cheese)

    The game of basketball isn’t about stats dude. He does a hell of a lot more for the team on and off the court then his supposedly unexciting play. He’ll be an irreplaceable piece on that team if they make it deep in the playoffs as one of the most versatile defenders in the league and as another ball handling option when curry gets swarmed

  • brothasdontsurf

    You don’t need advanced stats to see how much of an impact Iggy has on his team, just Basketball IQ.

    He doesn’t get out of position/gamble on defense, knows how to properly space himself on the wing on O, and is always able to penetrate and open up the lane for Curry/Thompson, or for the slip pass to Bogut/Lee.

    I first seriously noticed him in the Olympics 2 years ago and came away impressed by him the most out of everyone on Team USA.

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