There is no one on the Golden State Warriors - or perhaps in the NBA - who is a more fascinating and difficult to decipher interview subject than Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is remarkably intelligent, and brilliant with his words and thoughts, though purposely coy, consciously complex, and often sarcastic.
The other day, Iguodala sat down for an in-depth interview with Mark Medina of The Mercury News. In it, Medina asked the former All-Star about the knee injury that kept Iguodala out of six playoff games, including the final four of the Western Conference Finals. Check out this excerpt:
The injury kind of bothered me because there was a lot going on behind closed doors that was bothering me. I hadn’t missed a playoff game my entire career. It isn’t about waiting around. I know what it was. A lot of people knew what it was. But I just went along with it. Whatever you say it is, a bruise or whatever, [they say] I should be back day-to-day. But I know it wasn’t day-to-day. All right cool. Players can fold under that type of scrutiny.
Asked to clarify about what was going on behind closed doors, Iguodala responded, “I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus. Everybody has the same goal at the end of the day. That’s the thing that kills me sometimes – who’s to blame? It’s always like, ‘You have to blame somebody.’”
That’s impossible to decipher. Is Iguodala upset with some people in the organization for mis-characterizing his injury? Is he upset with them for not letting him play? Is he just upset about the timing of the injury, one which he called in the interview a “Spider fracture . . . like a spider web with cracks”?
It’s impossible to say. But it’s all very, very interesting, and I recommend reading the full interview.