When the two Andres defeated the Denver Nuggets [VIDEO]

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.

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Joel is a long time Denver Nuggets (and Broncos) fan from Colorado who's been living in Japan since the mid-90s, and blogging about the Nuggets since 2008. You can contact and follow him on Twitter: @denbutsu.
  • Tom

    Who could have known it would have been better to trade Melo for Iguodala, Dalembert and picks, than to trade Andre Miller and picks for Iverson?

  • Tyler

    So cool to see old video, even though it was only 4 years ago, and see how much things have changed. Everyone talks about how the Iverson acquisition was a failed experiment, but I think Iverson worked well with the Nuggets. Yeah, he was a ball hog and took a lot of dumb shots. But he could score a lot of points for the Nuggets and be counted on in the clutch (although he missed the game winner in this video). And though I absolutely love what the Nuggets and Masai are doing right now with all their depth and in snagging Iguodala (whom I’ve always loved as a player), watching this video does make me miss the days when the Nuggets had superstars (or stars at least). Melo, AI, Camby! Practically our own Big 3, before that trend was even started. Thanks for the nostalgia though. Watching this video makes me want the season to start now! Can’t wait!

    • dynamo.joe

      Except our 3 best players that year were Camby/Carter/Najera (AC Carter, yes that Carter). What an abomination of a team.

      1. “Iverson worked well”
      2. “Iverson was a ball hog and took a lot of dumb shots”

      One of the above statements is a lie.

      • dynamo.joe

        Hint: it’s the 1st one.

  • Andrew

    Love these video compilation/highlight pieces! Keep them coming!

  • KW

    I am so glad that team is gone. I forgot how unwatchable they were, standing around on D. STANDING AROUND ON D. Great post but ouch. I hated that team.
    I figure Alaska will give us a few more reg season wins. Ben Gordon won’t be raining down 30 on us. This will send Lakers OKC to the other side of the bracket in the playoffs. Then it’s up to one or two of our cubs to turn into lions. If that happens, we’re maybe in WCF again.
    That had to do something about Buckets. He’s going to regress and AAA just never seemed to take the next step.

  • Eric

    You guys should really like Iguodala. I’m a Sixers season ticket holder and have seen my fair share of games of his. He’s durable, hard-working and somehow an even underrated defender. I loved his defense more than his dunks. Philly fans expected too much from him after he signed that big deal. He’s not option #1, but he will fill it up every night. He’ll quickly become the QB of the defense and a nice piece for you. See you guys to open the season….hopefully we give him the appreciation he deserves in his return.

  • Joel

    If Andre Miller plays that hard, smart, and invested, and hits his jumpers like that, yeah, it’ll be a great thing. The problem is that most of last year, he was rather passionless. Hopefully, the Lakers series and Iguodola addition have him fired up for this season… and then we really could have something special.

  • Lane

    I remember pulling my hair out a lot watching Miller not really attempt to play defense before the last month or so of the season. We all know he can do no wrong in Karl’s book, and if he is getting his 25+ minutes a game he will have a huge impact on most games. I just hope he comes to play his A game every night next year or we will be calling for him to get traded like we were last year before the deadline.

  • http://www.priceperhead.com/ Price per Head

    Miller is simply spectacular. I really like his technique and way to play.