On March 19, 2008, then Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson finally got his first opportunity to return to the place of his NBA roots and face the 76ers in Philadelphia. After having been traded for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two first round picks in December 2006 to join Carmelo Anthony in Denver, his dramatic homecoming stole the headlines.
The 76ers, however, got the win with the help of their two leading scorers in that game, who combined for 49 points, 18 assists and five steals. Nobody could have known at that time that the duo of Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala had just defeated a team they would find themselves reunited on over four years later. Everyone was focused on the original AI’s mixed bag of emotions, from joy and appreciation in getting love from the fans in Philly, to disappointment in losing the game.
More pertinent to Nuggets fans now is that the two Andres have been brought back together. And as we take a look back at their performance in this memorable game, we can at once take a stroll down memory lane and get a glimpse of what the future might hold in store for the blue and yellow. Just for fun, I let some of the clips run a little bit long to include some extra commentary. The excitement and frustration of the Melo-AI era is all there, as well as a lot to be hopeful about regarding what to expect from the newest incarnation of the Nuggets. One of the most promising aspects of Iguodala’s game that really shines here is his ability to find easy baskets for his bigs. JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried should be licking their chops.