It’s been a season filled with adjustments for the 76ers. Just when they were preparing to adjust to life with a superstar player as the focus of the team, the plan changed.
Instead, the Sixers have spent the 2012-13 season adjusting to life without their superstar, Andrew Bynum.
The season has been one of adjustments for a bunch of the players involved in the four-team trade that brought Bynum to Philadelphia. In Los Angeles, Dwight Howard has seen his every turn treated as part of the daily soap opera that is the Lakers. Even the tiniest minutia of Howard’s relationship with new teammate Kobe Bryant is fodder for public debate. In fact, it’s gotten to the point that even Howard’s father is approached by reporters to weigh in on what’s going on with his son and the Lakers.
For Andre Iguodala, the longtime Sixer and 2011-12 All-Star who was the key piece in the acquisition of Bynum, it’s been a season of adjustments, too. However, the difference in Iguodala’s case is that all of the adjustments he’s had to make have been basketball-related.
“That’s been the story of the season so far,” Iguodala said before Wednesday night’s matchup between the Nuggets and Nets at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. “I’ve had to adjust to my new teammates and adjust to the attitude and things like that. It’s all been good though because we’ve been winning ballgames and that makes everything easier.”
Then again, in basketball where there are just a dozen or so players in the locker room for every game, a trade or a player switching teams is much more impactful. But given the way the last few months had been a whirlwind of extreme highs and the unknown for Iguodala, the adjustment period may last a bit longer than it would for other players.
After all, Iguodala, who sat out of Wednesday’s game with a stiff neck, has always been different from the typical pro athlete. Rarely is a question given a simple yes or no answer because to Iguodala, things are much more complicated than yes or no. There are shades of grey in even the simplest answer one gets from Iguodala.
Iguodala making smooth transition with Nuggets
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