Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala joined Holden and Danny Monday morning on 106.7 the Fan to discuss his role on the 2012 USA basketball team and whether or not this team could match up against past USA teams such as the 1992 dream team.
After admiting that it may put a lot of pressure on the team, Iguodala said that anything short of a perfect run through the tournament would be disappointing.
“We feel like we are going to take every game with the same importance no matter who we are playing,” said Iguodala. “It comes with the territory of USA basketball. We definitely want to try and win every game.”
Iguodala’s teammate Kobe Bryant recently made the bold statement saying that the 2012 team would beat the 1992 dream team, but Andre said he won’t think about that until after the tournament.
“My focus is really one game at a time. We have to handle our business first,” Iguodala said. “Once it is done then we can have that conversation.”
As far as his reserve role on the USA basketball team, Iguodala thinks he adds a lot of necessary depth to the team.
“(My job is) making the game easier for the other guys,” Iguodala said. “Defensively causing havoc… most teams aren’t as deep as us so when the second unit comes in we want to really apply that pressure and try to tire their main guys out.”
Finally, Iguodala discussed the turnaround the Philadelphia 76ers have gone through in the last season after they upset the top seeded Chicago Bulls in the opening round of the playoffs.
“I always had the feeling that you can get really good fast (in the NBA), it is all about timing,” said Iguodala.
The USA Basketball team hosts Brazil tonight at 8 p.m. at the Verizon Center, and the team has spent the weekend in the District enjoying time in the Nation’s capital.