February 24, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Eastern Conference forward/guard Andre Iguodala of the Philadelphia 76ers during the East all-stars press conference at the Hilton Orlando. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE
Mike Krzyzewski tightened his bench in Team USA's 107-100 victory against Spain, but in winning gold, the Americans backed up the belief that they'd returned to basketball supremacy after a restructuring led by Jerry Colangelo.
Andre Iguodala, who only played garbage minutes and very briefly as Coach K subbed offense and defense to end the first half, was one of two USA players not to score. He grabbed one board and had a turnover and two fouls in that time.
Nonetheless, the former Arizona Wildcats forward is a gold medal winner like the rest of them -- the fifth for UA athletes old and young -- a key piece in the country's culmination after failing in the Olympic games back in Sydney.
Analyst and Philadelphia 76ers coach made sure to throw the respect Iguodala's way. "Over the last two years he's done a lot for me as a coach," Collins said to his former leader, who was shipped off to the Denver Nuggets earlier this week.
After the Beijing Games in 2008 and now in London, Team USA has returned to prominence, but the revamped group is about to see turnover. As we've expressed here, Iguodala's role fits well in international ball, but perhaps this year the team molded into one requiring four, if not five, shooters on the floor at a time. Iguodala isn't that, but at 28 years old, it's still possible for him to return for the Rio games in 2016.
Until then, Iguodala is good for drawing a Rudy Fernandez flop.