Andre Iguodala is not your prototypical superstar. He's not going to put a team on his back and carry them to the NBA finals by scoring 30+ points a night. He's also not going to blow you off after a game with non-answers. Dre is always open, honest, and often insightful when talking about basketball. He's a smart, thoughtful guy. So it's no surprise he has already started to line up a potential post-basketball business for himself.
Iguodala was in town over the weekend to take part in a basketball camp for Philadelphia kids. That's where Dei Lynam caught up with him and learned that Dre, despite all the trade rumors, appears to be more content than ever in Philly.
All good stuff. But what caught my eye was when Iguodala spoke about his summer reading list and hinted at tech startups to come in his future.
“I just read Malcom X’s new book. I got through that in China. Now I am reading Law of Attraction and I am about to start my own company so I got “The Art of Start.” It’s on the New York Times best seller list,” Iguodala said. “I am about to start reading that in hopes it will help with this company I want to start. I am hiding it right now but hopefully it ends up like Facebook or something like that and when I am done playing basketball this will seem like minimum wage compared to what I make with that.”
Showing a sense of humor? This is a changed man or one who has arrived at a new destination of contentment.
Dei also tells us that Dre has been talking quite a bit recently with teammate Evan Turner, perhaps the Dustin Moskovitz to Andre's Mark Zuckerberg?
Iguodala would not be the first Philly athlete to dabble in the Internet business space. Former Phillies reliever Chad Durbin helped found ShowcaseU.com, a website that helps aspiring athletes get their name out for colleges, scouts, and the like. Former Eagle Freddie Mitchell tried teaming up with Internet scammers while fellow Sixers player Lou Williams makes YouTube videos starring himself.
So what exactly is Dre's big business idea that will make his $80 million NBA salary look like minimum wage? No idea, but we'd like to invest.