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By Spike Eskin
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Andre Iguodala is having one of the best seasons of his career, but his name is still polarizing among Sixers fans. Former Sixers and current Nets GM Billy King says that he’d welcome a player like Iguodala, even Iguodala himself, any time as a member of the Nets.
“Andre’s a player that every good team would want, because he defends, he handles the ball. If they don’t want him, send him up the turnpike, I’ll take him,” King told Michael Barkann and Ike Reese on 94 WIP today.
Though Iguodala is highly regarded around the league, and is being considered as a finalist for the United States Olympic team, many fans in Philadelphia long for a guy who is a scorer, which isn’t Iguodala’s specialty. King said that Iguodala is a victim of circumstance. “I think Andre was put in a situation when Allen (Iverson) was traded to say, he’s the best player, he’s the franchise player. What Andre does is get rebounds and asists he does a lot of things like defense. Unfortunately he was asked to do a lot of things on offense that probably were uncomfortablefor him,” he said.
King said that now that the offense is spread around to many players on the Sixers, it allows Iguodala to do what he does best, defending, distributing and rebounding. “He is a prototypical three man,” he said. “He defends the position, he handles the ball. He does everything you’d want from your three man. You’re going to see more teams looking for things like that because he’s a unique guy that can guard Carmelo, he can guard Lebron James, and these guys in the league,” he said. King learned to appreciate skills like that from another name that’s familiar in Philadelphia, Larry Brown. Brown told King, “you gotta get as many 6’6″ guys as you can to guard those guys. And that’s what I’m looking for in New Jersey, 6’6″ athletes that can defend.”
LISTEN TO MIKE AND IKE’S INTERVIEW WITH BILLY KING: