It’s part of the end of season ritual in the NBA, whether you win a championship or have racked up the most Ping-Pong balls in the lottery.
A day or two after your season ends you clean out the locker, then you have a meeting with the coach and usually the general manager. You all talk about goals for you coming into next season, things to work on during the summer.
Reports had surfaced that Andre Iguodala skipped out on that, according to the Philadelphia Daily News (via Hoopshype). However, it has since been reported that he was excused from that meeting due to a doctors appointment.
Suspicions were raised because he had expressed frustration with the way the Sixers were removed easily by the Heat in the first round. There were questions of if he wanted to return to Philly next season (he has two years plus an option year on his current deal, so he does not have a lot of leverage there).
“I never said I didn’t want to be here,” Iguodala said today. “Like I said, I just want to compete for titles. We made a lot of strides this year. I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
The Sixers are moving in the right direction, and Doug Collins got about as much out of this roster as possible this season.
But the gap between them and a contending team was made clear in the series with Miami. And that’s a big gap that will be hard to close.