It’s no secret much former Golden State Warriors’ forward Andre Iguodala is beloved in the Bay Area.
The 36-year-old spent six seasons with the Dubs, and helped the team win three NBA championships.
General manager Bob Myers joined ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski’s podcast, and discussed why Iggy’s sacrifice was so important, especially when the Warriors won the 2015 NBA title (h/t NBC Bay Area’s Alex Didion):
“We’re down 2-1 in Cleveland to the Cavs, Steve says, ‘Hey, I think I’m gonna start Iguodala.’ And I said, ‘Well, what do you think you’re gonna get out of Harrison? And he said, ‘No, I’m gonna start Iguodala for Bogut, we’re gonna go small.’ So Andre doesn’t start all year, doesn’t say a word, we’re in the Finals and he says, ‘Andre, you’re gonna start now.’ And what does Andre do? He goes out and becomes MVP of the Finals. I don’t think any of it happens without that specific thing. If Andre doesn’t do that and he’s frustrated all year, in this day and age, maybe he says, ‘I want out of here,’ maybe Harrison says, ‘I want out of here.’ It’s holding it together, but it requires everyone.”
Myers referred to Iguodala’s selflessness for agreeing to come off the bench in favor of a then 22-year-old Harrison Barnes. Iggy always did what was best for the team, and when head coach Steve Kerr took over for Mark Jackson prior to the 2014-15 season, Iguodala was willing to listen to him instead of letting his ego get in the way.
Iguodala averaged 7.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 3.4 assists over his six years with Golden State. Those numbers aren’t eye-popping by any stretch, but his impact on the defensive end cannot be understated.
His 98.0 defensive rating was third-best on the team during the 2014-15 season. He played 30.2 minutes a game during the 2015 playoffs, and his 10.6 PIE was only behind Stephen Curry and Draymond Green.
Iguodala’s defense against LeBron James was one of the main reasons the Dubs were able to capture the 2015 title, and he was rewarded with the NBA Finals MVP for his efforts that season.
Kerr’s death lineup of Iguodala, Curry, Green, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durwant was devastating for opponents. The fact Iguodala was always a team-first guy, and that his contributions go way beyond the box score is one of the reasons the Warriors were able to dominate the NBA for five-straight seasons.
What are your three favorite moments from Iguodala’s time with the Dubs?
On to some links:
What Myers been doing with his free time now that the NBA restart has commenced? He also told Woj that he isn’t actively pursuing any trades yet. (Fansided)
How does Myers feel about Durant leaving as a free agent? NBC Bay Area’s Brian Witt wrote about the general manager’s comments on the subject.
With the Warriors’ top players back, and fully healthy next season, how will Kerr use Andrew Wiggins? Marc Berman of the New York Post says Kerr reached out to one of Wiggins’ former coaches to get some pointers on how to best use the former No. 1 overall pick.
We are expecting the Dubs to be back in title contention in the 2020-21 season. Fansided’s Matthew Beighle gives three reasons why the Warriors will bounce back after a dismal campaign.