Last summer Andre Iguodala spent the off-season working as an intern for Merrill Lynch to learn about Wall Street and financial planning. This year his summer job will be a little more high-profile.
Iguodala was named to the 12-man roster that will represent the United States at the Olympics in London later this month.
"It's very well deserved," Sixers president Rod Thorn said. "It's nice that USA Basketball understands how good he really is. He does things that help you win."
Iguodala's coach with the Sixers, Doug Collins, will also be in London to serve as a TV analyst of the basketball tournament for NBC. Collins' passion for USA Basketball is well documented, as is his Olympic experience. In 1972, Collins was poised to become the greatest U.S. Olympic basketball hero ever when he buried two foul shots with three seconds left that should have been the game-winners in the gold medal match against the Soviets.
Instead, Collins was just a major player in the most infamous basketball game ever played when the Soviets were allowed to have three chances to score the winning basket.
"Congrats to 'Dre," said Collins, whose son Chris is an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski's staff. "Nobody could be more pleased than I am that he's starting to get the recognition for being a great player. Being an Olympian in 1972, I know what this means for him and I'm very proud."
Iguodala earned the berth to be the team's defensive stopper on the perimeter. For over 10 years Iguodala has played for several national teams, including the 2010 national team that won the gold at the World Championships in Turkey in 2010.
Iguodala named to U.S. Olympic team
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