Iguodala ‘blames’ Warriors core in jest, Kerr for return originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Andre Iguodala faced a tough choice this offseason after winning his fourth NBA championship with the Warriors: to retire or not to retire?
His long-awaited decision came Friday, when he announced that he will return to Golden State this season for his 19th year in the league.
“I’m going to blame a few people,” Iguodala told co-host Evan Turner on a special episode of their “Point Forward” podcast. “Steph Curry is a person I’m going to blame. But as a group I blame Draymond [Green]Steph and Klay [Thompson]. Steve Kerr a little, [general manager] Bob Myers.
“I think they just showed me a lot of love, you know what I mean? They really helped me see my presence outside of physical basketball, but I also think Steve was a big culprit in terms of, “Listen, we really need you on the court,” and Draymond was big on that too with the lyrics. ”
It should come as no surprise to Dub Nation that some of the key figures within the Warriors organization have seemingly begged Iguodala to return. His role as a mentor has proved invaluable over the years, especially last season as youngsters like Jordan Poole, Moses Moody and Jonathan Kuminga made their mark in the NBA.
Iguodala’s presence is pertinent as those three continue to grow this season, and No. 2 overall pick James Wiseman could certainly use another veteran to guide him as he makes his long-awaited return to court.
And during his 18 seasons in the NBA, Iguodala has acquired a basketball IQ that has long been hailed by both Kerr and Myers as a spirit from which to bounce ideas.
Still, Myers recently told The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami on “The TK Show” that he didn’t want to force Iguodala back, though the team’s desire never wavered.
“I believe in my role and Steve will tell you the same and like Steph, we talked about Andre recently, talked to Draymond about him, it’s unequivocal in the organization,” Myers said. “There isn’t a man who doesn’t want him back in a big way.”
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Well, all that wanting has paid off.
Iguodala is back and the Warriors are certainly happy to take the blame.
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