Remember last April, when Philadelphia 76ers wing Andre Iguodala missed a season-ending exit interview with his team's coaching staff and front office, and blamed it on a team-scheduled doctor's appointment that he had to attend?
Did you follow up and read the part that told you that Dre's appointment was actually at a building across the street from where the exit interview was being held, and that 76ers brass just assumed he'd deign to cross the street and meet with his employers following it?
Iguodala did get around to meeting with coach Doug Collins two months later, before the NBA's lockout made any such interaction punishable with up to a million-dollar fine. And, according to Iguodala? They cool.
"We spoke, it was really brief. It was about 10 minutes, it wasn't long: "What we can do to improve, what our plans are going forward. It wasn't too much. But, I've never had a problem with Doug, so we made that clear that we never had issues. So we were good."
Collins is notorious for being a little frosty, and falling in and out of love with his players. And with Dre suffering through an injury-plagued first season under Collins while making an eight-figure salary, you can understand why Iguodala was a little nervous while anticipating the interview that he eventually skipped out on.
Still, you can't skip. And you certainly can't wait two months to make things right. Maybe the layoff helped chill things out a bit. Then again, it's Doug Collins. Probably not.
Dre confirmed that he did join Elton Brand and several other Sixers teammates as they held a training camp of sorts in Los Angeles last weekend. He also doesn't think he'll play overseas should the lockout continue, and also that he and Doug Collins are so, so cool now. He swears.