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The Philly fans’ frustrations with the play and contract of the Sixers F/G Andre Iguodala grew to a all-time high this season and in my opinion, it’s time for him to go this offseason. Yes Iguodala is a role player who’s overpaid in my eyes, but I put blame on Sixers General Manager Ed Stefanski for signing him to the deal instead of letting his ass walk. Stefanski has made a number of mistakes since taking over for Billy King and now it’s time for him to right the ship with the help of President Rod Thorn, who has a great track record (he put together the Nets teams who went to 2 NBA Finals in the early 2000′s).
The Sixers had a chance to dump Iguodala’s contract last season when the Houston Rockets were willing to take on his contract and Samuel Dalembert for the expiring contracts of Tracy McGrady and Chase Budinger. But Stefanski said the Sixers weren’t looking to dump salary. Now there are rumors floating around NBA circles that there are a few possible trades that could happen before the NBA lockout begins on June 30th, a week after the 2011 NBA Draft.
1. Rudy Gay: The salaries match, but Gay is coming off of a bad shoulder injury and has an extra year (player option) on his deal that would pay him $19.3 million in 2014-15. While Gay is a better scorer and shooter than Iguodala and people believe he hasn’t reached his full potential, I don’t want to take on another big contract. Rudy Gay isn’t the type of player who takes the Sixers to the next level and I need to see a full year of a player they drafted #2 overall in Evan Turner.
2. Chris Kaman: Has one year left on his contract at $12.7 million and would give the Sixers a legit post scorer that they don’t have. He played in only 32 games this season due to injury and his minutes were down due to the emergence of NBA Rookie of the Year Blake Griffin and his running mate DeAndre Jordan. In the 09-10 season, he averaged a career best 18.5 ppg and pulled in 9.2 rpg. This is a “win-win” to me. You’d get Kaman for a year, put him in the starting lineup, and let him walk after the season.
3. The Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavs have a $14.5 million dollar trade exception acquired in the Lebron James deal. If the Cavs are that high on Iguodala, they could send anything from draft picks to the rights of a player, or a player that makes much less than Iguodala, since the trade doesn’t have to match dollar for dollar like typical NBA trades. This is another way the Sixers could dump his salary and receive cap space and draft picks. Remember, the 2012 NBA Draft is going to be loaded.
There you have it! Me personally, I would go for either options two or three,
but that’s just me. Bottom line, Iguodala’s time is up in Philly and he has
As an adult when I go to sporting events at times I get irritated by the mascots. They run around act a fool and sometimes get in the way of the actual event. I sometimes wonder if they are even necessary.
Back in November (2010), the old Sixers and Flyers arena, The Spectrum, was set to be demolished. On tv as they were showing footage from events in the arena they flashed pictures of the old Sixers Mascot Big Shot. I had not seen Big Shot in years because he had been replaced by a steroid using hyper active bunny named Hip-Hop.
At the moment I saw Big Shot all sorts of memories popped in my head. I thought of going to Sixers games as a kid with my father, uncle or grandfather and watching Dr. J and Magic put on performances that make the current NBA look like a minor league. I thought of watching Charles Barkley playing his heart out and intimidating players that were Bigger, Stronger, and Faster than he was. I thought of watching Michael Jordan play live and putting the fear of GOD in Hersey Hawkins just by looking him in the eye.
What I realized when I saw Big Shot was he represented the moment when I fell in love with hoops. So maybe mascots do play a part in the sports world. Maybe there are kids right now at Sixers games who are watching Hip-Hop and are falling in love with the game. I doubt it though. Later in life when they see Hip-Hop they may think of Evan Turner stinking the place up or Elton Brand being abused by every other teams’ big men, or Andre Iguodala being asked to do more than he should.
On second thought maybe I should be giving credit to Dr. J, Maurice Cheeks, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Larry Bird and many of the legends I had the privilege of watching play at the Spectrum.
I guess mascots can represent both the good and bad. Unless of course we are talking about the Phillie Phanatic because he kicks a$$ no matter how good or bad the Phillies are.
What do mascots mean to you? Do they matter at all? Or am I just tripping?