‘Sometimes You Need Your Hype Man’: Warriors’ Andre Iguodala on Why He Defends Stephen Curry From Criticism

Published 10/07/2021, 1:16 AM EDT
Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) sits on the court floor after being called for a foul against the Dallas Mavericks during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


Many teams have strengthened their roster during the off-season, primarily the Nets and the Lakers, who have built ‘super teams’. But 6-time champions Golden State Warriors are not behind. They have added experience and young energy to their roster by signing three veterans and two rookies. Stephen Curry and co. will also have Klay Thompson back after missing two seasons due to injuries.

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The Warriors have brought back Andre Iguodala during the off-season. The 2015 Finals MVP played six seasons with Stephen Curry at the bay. Iguodala is back with the Warriors after two seasons in Miami and he can’t stop appreciating Curry.

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Stephen Curry is a player who rarely responds to any form of criticism. He is not very outspoken and Iguodala has had his back for the past few seasons. Iguodala recently opened up on defending Curry against his critics.

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Andre Iguodala defends teammate Stephen Curry

Golden State Warriors star Andre Iguodala recently appeared in an interview with ‘NBC Sports Bay Area’. During the interview, he talked about his relationship with Steph Curry and opened up on defending him when needed.

“He’s like a little brother that I watch, and I’m like ‘OK, I need to do that a little more often.’ But at the same time, sometimes I just have to exude my confidence and be who I am, and hopefully, he takes from that. Sometimes you just got to let people know who you are, sometimes you need your ego,” Iguodala told Kerith Burke of NBC Sports.

“He doesn’t like coming off as boisterous or bragging about himself, so sometimes you need your hype man. I got to remind him and other people that this is a different type of human being, and you’re going to respect him.”

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Steph Curry, who helped the Warriors finish 9th last season, will be reunited with his ‘hype man’ this season. The last time they played together, the duo combined for three championship wins with the Warriors. With Iguodala and Klay Thompson back, the Warriors will be looking forward to reclaiming their throne at the top of the Western Conference.

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Golden State Warriors have failed to make it to the playoffs in the past two seasons. However, now they have got Klay, Curry, Draymond Green, and Iguodala, who helped them win three championships last decade. While they may not be the same players they were 3-4 seasons ago, they still have the experience of winning championships together. After two disappointing seasons, can the Warriors bounce back this season? After all, the third time’s the charm!

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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