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Collins tiring of Iguodala, lack of leadership

By DENNIS DEITCH In the last 20 years, only one Sixers coach has made it through four or more seasons -- Larry Brown. Since Brown’s six-year reign ended after the 2002-03 season, seven coaches have been in charge. Five of them have coached Iguodala during his eight seasons in Philadelphia. The last four have tried to mold him into a leader. Those attempts have failed. As the going has gotten rough for the Sixers, Iguodala has been at his worst -- not as a player, but as a team member. The eye-rolling has returned. The passive-aggressive critiques of teammates have returned -- never delivered as a leader trying to squeeze more out of them. Instead, Iguodala had a Sports Illustrated quote where he mocked Lou Williams as a scorer who doesn’t defend -- something Iguodala "can’t understand." And yet one of the most striking statistics you’ll ever see when it comes to a player’s failure in the clutch hangs around Iguodala’s neck. In the fourth quarter this season, Iguodala -- a career 74 percent free-throw shooter who has gone as high as 82 percent from the line in a single season -- is shooting 17-for-41 (41.5 percent) from the line. When the game is within six points, he is 9-for-24 (37.5 percent). And in the last three minutes of the final quarter, he is 5-for-16 (31.3 percent). For a team whose initial unraveling began due to an inability to win tight games, Iguodala not only has been a questionable leader, but also an unquestionable scourge when the need to score falls in his hands. It is why, after years of doing things the other way, the Sixers organization will stand by their coach and almost certainly find a new home for the All-Star.

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