76ers Notes

Many sportswriters have weighed in on 76ers swingman

Andre Iguodala

this season, and most have followed the same theme: He is a very good player but not a No. 1 option.

Three-time Washington Wizards all-star

Gilbert Arenas

gave his opinion of Iguodala in a blog on NBA.com.

"I know after [

Allen Iverson

] left, you were supposed to be that No. 1 guy, but the way [Iguodala] plays the game, he doesn't have it," Arenas wrote.

Arenas, sidelined with a knee injury, also criticized Iguodala and other fourth-year players who did not sign contract extensions.

Before last night's 98-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Iguodala laughed when Arenas' comments and other articles about him were mentioned.

"I have better stuff to read," he said. "I don't read much of that because even if it's good, you have to stay humble and be consistent. What matters is what my teammates and coaches say about me."

Iguodala is averaging a team-high 18.1 points after scoring 25 last night.

Foye still sidelined

Former Villanova star

Randy Foye

has not played this season because of a stress reaction in his left kneecap. A Timberwolves official said Foye is still at least three weeks away from returning.

Last season, Foye was named to the NBA's all-rookie first team after averaging 10.1 points and 2.8 assists.

"It's tough not having him, especially in the fourth quarter because Randy is a crunch-time scorer," said Timberwolves forward

Craig Smith

. "But we have to keep playing hard, and we know we will get stronger when he returns."

Williams' big toe

Sixers coach

Maurice Cheeks

said after yesterday morning's shoot-around that he didn't think

Lou Williams

would play. But Williams, who missed the last game with a slight fracture of his right big toe, was in the lineup last night.

Williams played more than 17 minutes, scoring four points on 1-for-8 shooting.

"It's still sore, but I felt good out there," Williams said while soaking his foot in an ice tub.


Sixers forward

Rodney Carney

sat out with the flu. . . . Minesota is 0-15 when scoring fewer than 100 points.

- Marc Narducci