July 21, 2012; Barcelona, SPAIN; USA forward Andre Iguodala during practice in preparation for the 2012 London Olympic Games at Palau Sant Jordi. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
Basketball is historically ever-changing. Rules and the evolution of talent, the change in skill-sets -- it all makes the game variable depending if you're playing in the NCAA, the NBA or in FIBA ball. Adaptation is key. Heck, an amateur who plays on an air-conditioned hardwood court in Arizona, an outdoor court in Dublin, Ohio, or a halfcourt asphalt court in New York City, must adapt to conditions, rules and styles.
One player who will never cease to change with the hoops environment is one Andre Iguodala. He's the chameleon of the sport, his skill-set and talents so undefined that, really, they should and can work anywhere.
Not in the NBA. Expectations and the ominous cloud of that assumed role of superstar put him in a tricky position in Philly. But as Mike Prada writes, it's Iguodala's place on Team USA that makes him so unique, so invaluable as that undefined player.
When Team USA opens its 2012 Olympic experience in London at 9:30 a.m. EDT on NBC Sunday, Iguodala's worth will be showcased for the world.
He was one of the final pieces of the puzzle for Jerry Colangelo and Coach K, but it's not far-fetched that he should've been one of the first names on the roster. While LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant are automatics, Iguodala's place beside them shouldn't be underestimated.
He's the chameleon of basketball.
Iguodala's the perfect fill-in guy, really, capable of addressing so many needs beyond scoring. He's an elite playmaker for his position, he moves without the ball and he defends multiple positions. He's become a good enough spot-up shooter to mask that weakness.
The same Iguodala will play the same role for his country. And with stern opponents such as Argentina and Spain, the chameleon of a player that struggles to please in the NBA could be the difference between gold and anything but.