The 2014 NBA Playoffs are in full tilt right now. There’s been more overtime games than I have fingers and it’s been quite the insane display of basketball greatness. As we all know, the Sixers are not in the playoffs. But, it just felt right to take a time machine back to the 2012 NBA Playoffs. Specifically, the first-round series against the Chicago Bulls (sans Derrick Rose). More specifically, the moment that sealed the Sixers series victory, the first since the Allen Iverson era. Any Sixers lover is aware that I’m discussing the two free-throws that Andre Iguodala nailed in the remaining moments of game six, at home, in Philadelphia.
I still remember this moment like it happened last night. I was screaming like an overweight child chasing a Mr. Softee truck during the summertime when Andre Iguodala was stream rolling to the hoop with the clock winding down. Once the referee blew the whistle and Andre Iguodala was trotting to the free-throw line, like most of us, I was nervous. Iggy was never a great (or good) free-throw shooter, or shooter in general. He had been clutch before, but most times, it was a failure.
Andre Iguodala walked to the free-throw line and nailed the two shots to give the Sixers the victory. Those free-throw’s solidified Iguodala’s reputation in Philadelphia — he gave this city something to remember. He never lived up to the expectations given to him, however, these two free-throws will never be forgotten by the city of Philadelphia. It’s moments like these that make me miss Andre Iguodala being in Philadelphia. Excuse me as I relive this moment over and over and over again. As you should, also. Just hit play.