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Andre Iguodala
Andre Iguodala
Position: G-F
Born: 01/28/84
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.
Salary: $11,710,456
Iguodala on Barnes, via CSN Bay Area: “He’s always been a focused player. And coming from where he’s come from, it’s a difficult adjustment – being the man, then kind of taking a step back then they want you take a step forward. He’s handled it like a professional. He’s always kept himself ready. Contract year, so we’re going to continue to help him get as much as possible. He’s a hard-worker, so it’s going to happen for hard workers.”
Storyline: Harrison Barnes Free Agency
With the new season having just started, Walton is taking the reins from coach Steve Kerr, who is sidelined indefinitely with back surgery. All three played under legendary former Arizona coach Lute Olson — a happy coincidence which Iguodala says allowed him to understand Kerr’s request to come off the bench for the Warriors prior to the start of last season. “It wasn’t a surprise,” he said of the decision, which reduced his playing time from 32.4 to 26.9 minutes per game last season — though, crucially, in the finals, his effectiveness against James prompted Kerr to move him back into the starting rotation and play him the third-most minutes on the team.
As a member of Team USA with African roots, Iguodala has an interesting perspective on Olympic representation. “You see a lot of guys playing for different countries; their mother might be from one country, but their father from another and they have to pick which side,” he says. “It’s a special moment, and I’m definitely representing Africa wherever I go.” Either way, he knows repeating the London success will be a challenge. “Every game you are getting your opponents’ best,” he says. “You are the target for everybody, so it’s a great feeling to overcome that pressure and put it together and win a gold medal.”
It sounds a lot like the uphill battle the Warriors face this season defending their NBA title. With the benefit of all this perspective, Iguodala could be carving out a future as a coach. Is he contemplating it? “No, (I’ll) never coach! I’m impatient,” he says, while breaking out a championship grin. It’s hard to believe, however, that a person as selfless as Iguodala won’t want to impart his wisdom on a future generation of players.
JJ Redick noted that while the Warriors have become the poster image for the NBA’s small-ball craze, they’re also a pretty unique team. “The reason Golden State was able to go small was because they have Draymond Green,” Redick said. “Not every team has a Draymond Green. The reason they’re able to go small is because they have Harrison Barnes and [Andre] Iguodala on the wing, and those guys can guard fours for stretches. You can’t just say ‘We’re gonna play small at times.’ Not everybody has Golden State’s roster. It can only work for some teams.”