Andre Iguodala confirmed on the latest episode of his “Point Forward” podcast that he will be returning to the Golden State Warriors for his 19th season in the NBA.
Due to his return, the team’s 14th roster place is now filled in preparation for training camp. Iguodala claims that this current campaign will be his last in the NBA.
Iguodala joked, “I’m going to blame a couple of individuals” for his choice. “To some extent, I will place the responsibility on Steph Curry. However, collectively, I hold Steph, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson responsible. There was a lot of love shown to me by Steve [Kerr] and Bob Myers.
They opened my eyes to my value beyond basketball, and I blame Steve in particular for driving home the point that “We truly need you on the floor.” Draymond also placed a high priority on this.”
To avoid pressuring Iguodala into making a choice, the Warriors kept his roster position open for him during the offseason. The Warriors did not feel pressured to push Iguodala this offseason, said general manager Bob Myers.
Andre Iguodala announces on his Point Forward podcast that he’s re-signing with the Golden State Warriors for his 19th NBA season. “I’m letting you know now, Steph, this the last one.” pic.twitter.com/cfVLFSXkJ2
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Iguodala said that he had been “retired for the bulk of the summer,” but that he had changed his mind after talking to his teammates, the Warriors coaching staff, and his family.
Last season, Iguodala averaged four points on 30% shooting, 3.7 assists, and 3.2 rebounds in just 31 games. He missed all but six games between January and the end of the regular season with various injuries, and then a month of the playoffs with a left cervical disk issue. But Iguodala’s importance to the Warriors goes well beyond the basketball floor.
“There’s so much that he does that is not on the court and there’s a lot he does on the court, too,” Myers said at a news conference Thursday. “It’s unusual to find a team leader with his level of steadiness and confidence. Andre is the one to go to; he has a sixth sense for things like this, and he can help me and Steve out.
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To put it simply, he’s brilliant. He knows our team. Professionalism is his middle name. When it comes to the league, he’s a pro. His life experiences have given him unique insights. I can’t even begin to count how many Finals he’s been a part of. You’d feel safe with him in the room.”
Iguodala remarked on a podcast, “I’m looking forward to playing, but I am on [Jonathan] Kuminga, Moses Moody.” “I’m here to send a message to the young men that they’re doing something wrong if I have to step foot on this court. You should not let me onto the court under any circumstances.”
According to Iguodala, he came back to Golden State last year to help them win their fourth championship in eight years and to ensure that Curry’s legacy would be secure. After that, Iguodala wanted to retire, but the Finals MVP convinced him otherwise.
Iguodala stared down the camera and said, “I’m letting you know, Steph.” The adage goes something like, “This is it.”