â†µWell, for starters, I don't get how "The Other A.I." shows that fans "know what [you] do." It's kind of the opposite of that. But left out of all this was a novel variation on "Iggy" that briefly reared its head in 2005. Yes, that would be "Iggy Hop." â†µ
â†µIt came from the mouth of Snapper Jones, which made it especially jarring -- not to stereotype, but I'd never really taken Jones for a fan of drugged-out, self-destructive proto-punk. Now, I don't know if Iguodala's dislike for James Newell Osterburg, or the city of Detroit, played a role in his rejection of the "Iggy" nickname. I do know that, by itself, "Iggy" refers to among other things, the Loyola Marymount mascot and a Mario Brothers character. Oh, and Ellen's dog, and sort of that comic strip "Ziggy." But since Iguodala's struggled to defined himself on the court and in the national power, and is best known for his overpowering athleticism, why doesn't the Sixers swingman hold his nose and take on the "Iggy Hop" nickname? In this post-"Party Like a Rockstar" world, this kind of thing's okay with the base, and opens up the door for all sorts of crossover marketing and funny videos. â†µ
â†µPut it this way: Iguodala's first choice, "Dre," is at best just his first name shortened, at worst, a really unimaginative way to evoke the good Doctor. Now really, if you're Iguodala's people, what's a better gimmick: Sort of ripping off an aging rap mogul (paging Bobby "Russell" Simmons ... ), or striking off into uncharted NBA territory? Matt Watson asked if players can choose their own nicknames; not sure they can do it by themselves, but their representation should be able to. â†µâ†µ
â†µIguodala has a chance to be this summer's second Josh Childress. And instead, he's pissing it away. â†µ
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