Andre Iguodala “would be a perfect fit for Coach Karl”
Andre Iguodala wants to make an impact at his new club, which is the best form of motivation the Denver Nuggets hoped from their new defenseman.
The Denver Nuggets signed in the All-Star Andre Iguodala from the Philadelphia 76ers, all thanks to the blockbuster trade move that sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Andre Iguodala, who is under contract with the Denver Nuggets for the season along with 2013-14 as an option, has told general manager Masai Ujiri that he wants to shine for his club.
“We weren't coming into this thinking this will be a one-year deal,” Andre Iguodala said at his introductory news conference at the Pepsi Center on Thursday. “This is definitely a place that I can see myself for more than just a year or two.”
Andre Iguodala admitted he inquired about the Denver Nuggets before committing to a move. Andre Iguodala said that back when he was at the London Olympics he asked Carmelo Anthony about the Denver Nuggets and coach George Karl.
“He said I would be a perfect fit for Coach (George) Karl,” Andre Iguodala added. “We two would really jell together.”
Andre Iguodala confessed he knew about ups and downs between Carmelo Anthony and George Karl, who in spite of their differences they had managed to retain a name for themselves.
“It's the nature of basketball sometimes, every player and coach are going to have run-ins. George Karl made him a better player and Melo made him a better coach,” Andre Iguodala said.
“He had nothing but good things to say about Coach Karl. Seattle was my favorite team growing up so I know a little bit about Coach Karl and his history. He's one of the best coaches in the game, well-respected by much of his peers and much of his players.”
Andre Iguodala further admitted that he often wasn’t the best player on the court, but he planned to change that against that. Andre Iguodala told reporters that his game had improved a lot on the court and hopefully it was going improve further in the future.
“My game has really picked up in the NBA, Andre Iguodala said. “My whole life I've felt like I can do anything on the basketball court, from playing point guard in high school to having to play center one year in high school, doing everything in college and going through different roles in Philadelphia.
“Coming in being a rookie, just a defensive stopper and having to be a scorer for three or four years in between there. I've got a lot of confidence that I'll be able to take the big shot or make the play that gets us the shot.”