Andre Iguodala Warriors’ mandate could not have worked much better, as the talented wing was an integral part of three championship winning teams and won the MVP of the 2015 NBA finals. The 36-year-old was swapped with Memphis in this low season, but Iguodala eventually found himself in Miami after a deadline deal with Heat.
Miami’s head coach, Erik Spoelstra, was questioned about Iguodala’s impact on the organization during his first five months with Heat, and the two-time champion’s response spoke of how Iguodala’s perception in the NBA was modeled from his time with the Warriors.
He was not an original member of the Warriors roster, but his acquisition helped mark a turning point that saw the Warriors move from a mid-range Western Conference team to a good NBA Finals contender year after year. Altruism and versatility allowed Iguodala to captain the second unit of the Warriors in one of the best in the league, simultaneously bringing precious minutes of night and evening friction together with Splash Brothers and Draymond Green when the game was in play.
“You can talk about it in sports, as I arrived as a novice, in a way I paid my dues,” Iguodala told Forbes magazine of his background in leadership. “A bit like being an intern, you make your way through the ranks, doing it the right way, having respect for anyone, whether someone is above you or below you, having only that human level of respect.
“I think the main thing in leadership is to try to get the most out of those below you, see their potential and help them maximize their potential, find out who they are as a person, find out what makes them tick.”
Even when NBA stars like Kevin Durant joined the sheepfold in Golden State (no less in Iguodala’s position), they took lessons in racing with him every day.
“I learned a lot from watching guys like Andre Iguodala – how he used his hands in the paint while the kids went up to shoot,” KD said in a recent Instagram Live.
Warriors general manager Bob Myers did not come out of the Iguodala transaction empty handed, as Golden State closed with a valuable trade exception of $ 17.2 million. This leaves the Warriors the opportunity to add a solid contribution in an off-season trade.
Golden State filled Iguodala with love when he returned to the Chase Center this season with Heat, and will forever be an iconic figure in the Warriors tradition.