Andre Iguodala RumorsAll NBA Players
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, and revealed that he made a few deals with Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr. “Very good dude. [He] made me a couple promises, and I made a promise to him that if we didn’t win the championship with me coming off the bench I was going to kick his [expletive]. What promise did he make you? That he would get — Steph and myself are big golfers — we would go to Augusta National.”
Rest assured, Curry felt joy for Iguodala both publicly and privately. And when we chatted about one of the moments that he missed – Iguodala’s parents sobbing and hugging on the Quicken Loans Arena floor when the award came their son’s way – it was as if Curry had just found the extras on the DVD of his favorite movie. “That’s really cool,” he said.
“His PER was never over 20 [41 players did that this season, including Ed Davis], while by adjusted plus-minus you could make a case he was a top-10 player. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle.” When asked if he felt more appreciated in today’s age of advanced statistics, with space-age cameras in the rafters of every NBA arena charting every player’s move 25 times per second, a grin spreads across Iguodala’s face. “They say numbers don’t lie, but sometimes numbers can lie,” Iguodala said. “Because some guys put up big numbers, but it may not result in a winning culture or a winning player. So for me, it’s just at this point in my career, it’s just winning and having an impact on the floor. When you win, everything takes care of itself.”
There were several discussions between Kerr and Iguodala that lasted throughout training camp, with Kerr not making up his mind until late in camp. “I don’t think he was thrilled, but he understood my reasoning,” Kerr said. “I explained what I was thinking, and to his credit, he accepted it immediately.” Iguodala still let out his frustration on the starters during practice. “The second unit, we beat the first unit more times than they beat us, and I think it was by a landslide,” he said. “And I used to take it personal.”
But Iguodala’s game and his approach have always been less straightforward than his mom’s advice. “He’s unbelievable at seeing what the team needs and giving the team that on certain nights,” said Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton, Iguodala’s teammate at Arizona. “That’s an uncommon ability in this league, because in this league, everybody wants their stats — ‘I want my stats, I want my points, I want my assists, I want my rebounds.’ ”
But (Iguodala) couldn’t have reached this point if he hadn’t prioritized the team over himself at the start of the season, when it was quite clear that he didn’t like Kerr’s move but he decided to accept it. It certainly wasn’t the first time he’d chosen winning over individual glory. “He made some sacrifices (when he signed with the Warriors two summers ago), turned down bigger offers, made a sacrifice coming in knowing that he could compete for a championship,” his agent, Rob Pelinka said. “And then when Steve approached him about coming off the bench for the greater good of the team, I saw ‘Dre do a lot of soul searching. He’s an incredibly confident and incredibly patient guy, and he knew that if he gave it a try things would come back around, and they did in the biggest way.”
Not only did he shoulder the burden of defending LeBron James, but Iguodala averaged 20.3 points over the final three games as the Warriors sprinted to their title. “Andre is that guy that we all look to when everything’s going bad,” Green said. “People try to give me credit for being a leader, but we all look to Andre.” “Being the sixth man all year, then to come in and start and turn this around for us, that defines our team,” Warriors guard Shaun Livingston said.
“For us, it’s really fitting for Andre to win the award because he sacrificed his starting role — to make Harrison (Barnes) better, to make our bench better,” Kerr said. “That set the tone for our entire season and everything we were able to accomplish. “It couldn’t happen to a better person.” But after the Cavaliers won Games 2 and 3, Kerr made a bold change, putting Iguodala back into the starting lineup. And the series turned. “He saved this season for us,” teammate Draymond Green said.
It also marks the first time the Finals MVP has shared a team with the regular-season MVP (Stephen Curry) since Magic Johnson claimed the Finals honor in 1980 while playing on a Los Angeles Lakers squad with regular-season MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. “This has been a long ride,” Iguodala said. “It’s been a great season.”
Ex-Warriors coach Mark Jackson picked James Harden for Most Valuable Player, and hours before his old team potentially wins the NBA title in Game 6, he supported LeBron James for Finals MVP. An ESPN broadcaster calling the game for ABC, Jackson indicated on Mike & Mike on Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers star would be his MVP pick even if Warriors won the championship. “He is the MVP of this series thus far,” Jackson said. “There’s no question about it. When you take a look at what he’s doing, this Warrior team is a superior team. They have great depth, 67 wins, talent and versatility to throw at you. To have a chance to win, LeBron James has got to be spectacular, and he’s been that. Up until last game, Andre Iguodala would have been the MVP for the Golden State Warriors. Steph Curry exploded, and he’s in the discussion right now for Warriors MVP. But there’s no question in my mind, the MVP of these Finals has been LeBron James, and he would get my vote.”
And, at the moment, it’s possible that Iguodala could be named Finals MVP if the Warriors are able to close out this series and hoist the Larry O’Brien trophy. Despite being a former All-Star, Iguodala admits it’s strange to be in this position. “When I hear MVP, I’m thinking they’re talking about Steph [Curry],” Iguodala admitted after the Warriors’ 104-91 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday night. “My whole focus is to do my job as best as possible for this team and to try to help us win every single night we play.”
Green also praised Lee and Iguodala for always playing hard when called upon as reserves this season. Iguodala had never played in that role in an NBA game until Kerr arrived. “They’re two of the longest-tenured NBA players on our team, and they act like it,” Green said. “That’s why this team has been successful this year — because of guys like that willing to sacrifice, but yet staying ready.”