Andre Iguodala was clear from the start. and the Golden State Warriors It was clear from the start.
The former said he will either return to the title holder or retire, not knowing when he will make that decision.
The latter said that There is a spot with his name on itAnd there is a place with his name whenever he makes a decision.
We still haven’t gotten to the “deciding” part of the story, but you think we’re probably close. After all, Warriors training camp—and with it the quest for repetition—starts on Saturday. The team travels to Japan next week for two pre-season matches.
It’s not July anymore.
Steve Kerr met with the media Thursday morning and as expected, he was met with a question by Iguodala. The answer was very predictable.
Steve Kerr on Iguodala: “I’m really hopeful…after that, I don’t know what Andre is going to do…he takes his time, and that’s fine.”
– Golden State of Mind (unstoppablebaby) September 22 2022
Being an optimist is honesty. If anyone thinks Kerr and the Warriors are behaving kindly in declaring their desire for Iguodala back, they are not. The desire is real. And the fact that re-signing Iguodala would cost several million dollars in tax payments should be reason enough to realize this.
The truth is, Iguodala still makes a lot of sense on this list. Despite being the oldest and most experienced player on the team (assuming he’s back), he’s the bridge between two eras.
He is close – in both on-court chemistry and off-court friendship – to Steve Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. However, he’s far enough from the star level to be able to hook up with the unproven young players on the team…and as the past year has seen, Jordan Paul and Andrew Wiggins.
That’s one thing this Warriors team is missing. Curry may be the most selfless star in NBA history, but there’s still a lot he can do to connect the veteran’s heart to the rising stars. Being young and unproven in Curry’s Warriors is like becoming friends with Beyoncé after, after You have become famous. It’s real. But there is only what can be grounded. And the clay boat ride is nice, but they only go that far.
It’s no surprise that Iguodala and Wiggins have been so close this past year, or that Iguodala and Paul did. And it would be no less shocking if the same thing happened this year with a few other players. It would be expected, even.
But beyond that, Igudala on the field makes sense. The public perception lately seems to be that Iguodala was bad last year and while injured, I don’t think he was really bad. He was still a solid defensive player, ranked as one of the best players in the NBA by advanced metrics. When he was healthy, he got more minutes per game than Gary Payton II, almost as much as Kevon Looney, and there was a reason for that.
And yes, their insult was cruel. Nor is it likely to be that severe this year. Iguodala is a 33.0% depth shooter, shooting 33.0% in 2020-21, before dropping all the way to 23.0% 2021-22. Has he reached his eighteenth season and magically forgotten how to shoot? Very unlikely, especially since he had the best free throw percentage since 2006-07.
The most likely explanation is that he only fired 74 triples, and a lot of variance could happen in 74 triples. Just ask Carrie. We all remember how he shot the first few weeks of the season.
Iguodala’s days as a quality offensive player are over. But his days as a good defender are not, and his days as a strong player who can give you 15-20 minutes a night in every other game are not. And in a Warriors with some healthy question marks and a somewhat unproven seat, it could go a long way.
Dobbs don’t need it. But wanting him back isn’t just about respect, or appointing an assistant coach to wear Knicks instead of loafers on match day.
He can help.