Q&A: Andre Iguodala

Nuggets wing quickly finding comfort zone as he starts Denver chapter
by Aaron Lopez

Since his college days at Arizona, Andre Iguodala has grown accustomed to wearing red and blue as his primary color scheme.

He spent eight NBA seasons with the Philadelphia 76ers and helped Team USA win gold medals at the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Olympics.

Three weeks removed from being traded from Philadelphia to Denver, Iguodala is adjusting quickly to the look of Nuggets blue and yellow.

He first wore his new uniform for a photo shoot on Aug. 16, and he has spent the past few days wearing Nuggets practice gear during workouts at Pepsi Center.

“It did look strange at first,” Iguodala said Friday. “It looked really strange. It was like, ‘Oh, wow, I’m really on a different team.’ I thought I looked good in red. After seeing some of the pictures from media day, I felt comfortable. The pictures looked really good.”


Considering a crazy summer schedule, Iguodala doesn’t look too bad himself. After a light breakfast in the Nuggets players lounge, he took a few minutes to talk about his offseason workout schedule, his new city and his plans between now and the start of training camp on Oct. 2.

Q: With so much going on when the trade happened on Aug. 10, has it finally started to sink in that you’re a member of the Nuggets?
A: It’s really just like back to business and getting to work. When I’m learning new concepts on the court, that’s when I realize it’s going to be a little different. It’s kind of an easy transition because I’ve been through so many coaches (5) in my career. I haven’t been in one setting where I can get accustomed to it over an extended period of time. I’ve always been used to being able to adjust. Hopefully it’s a situation where I can adjust, fit right in, and be here for a while and have success.

Q: What are your first impressions of Denver as a city and the Nuggets as an organization?
A: It’s been really good. The airport’s really nice, and the people are really nice. I’ve been able to interact with a few people, whether it’s at the airport or going out to eat. The facilities (at Pepsi Center) are really nice. It’s the first time I’ve had everything in same place. It makes it easy.

Q: You’ve had a busy summer, yet here you are working out with members of the Nuggets coaching staff in late August. Is that normal for you in the offseason?
A: I’m always training. I’ve been told that I don’t take enough time off. I came back from the Olympics and had a couple days off. It might have been a week off, maybe. I got a little bit of rest but it was back full speed at it. I’m still in good shape but looking to get in better shape going into training camp.

Q: Do you credit your durability (615 of a possible 640 NBA games) to your offseason program?
A: It’s just a matter of staying on top of things. If I have any nicks or bruises, I take care of it in the summer because you have a small window with this job and you want to make the most out of everything.

Q: After the trade, there were some tweets saying you're not a fan of the nickname "Iggy." Is that true?
A: I really don’t care what people call me. I don’t like 'Iggy,' but I’m used to it now. Guys on Team USA were calling me Iggy just to mess with me. I’ve been called that since I was a kid. I don’t care. I just want to play ball. As long as people like the way I play, I’m cool.

Q: Have you found a place to put your Olympic gold medal?
A: No I haven’t. It’s still sitting on the dresser. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it yet. I haven’t decided. I’ve been moving so much and trying to figure everything out, I almost forgot about it. It’s sitting there with the (Team USA) jersey.

Q: Next on your schedule is a trip to China with the NBA next week. How did that come about?
A: It was something we planned in June. There’s a love for the game over there, so I just want to interact with the fans.

Q: Counting China, you’ll have covered about six time zones this summer. How are you holding up?
A: It’s been kind of crazy, but I knew it would be a busy summer. It threw a little wrench in there with the trade, but it hasn’t been bad. I get my keys today to my new place (in Denver). I’ll have my people pack me up and get me in by the time I get back from China. It will be like I didn’t even move.