“God Status”: Andre Iguodala Bashes Skip Bayless For Criticizing LeBron James

Published 08/08/2021, 9:02 AM EDT
Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second half against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


You can hate him, but you can’t ignore him. That’s Skip Bayless for you. Say what you will about him, but he has been an incredible presence with sports media. From his bold statements on the air or his wild opinions on Twitter, besides being respected for speaking his mind, Bayless has drawn a lot of criticism too. And whoever knows Bayless, he somehow molds any news into bashing LeBron James. The guy has something against the GOAT. However, when Andre Iguodala got caught in the crossfire, he jumped to LBJ’s defense.

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Andre Iguodala won’t take part in Skip’s charade to mock LeBron James

As soon as Andre Iguodala hit the free agency market, a few of the teams were instantly linked at showing interest in the veteran. Well, who wouldn’t? Apart from being a top-notch defender and versatile player, he adds veteran and championship experience to the team.

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So, the Lakers and Brooklyn Nets were both speculated to be in the rose for the star. However, Iguodala had decided to come home instead. He ended up signing back with the Golden State Warriors, and it has just been two seasons since he left. Seems like the Warriors are trying to reunite as much as the old crew possible with the Splash Brothers, hoping to make their comeback next season.

Although finishing his career at a place he achieved the most sounds like the ideal plan, Skip seems to have found another reason for Andre’s choice. He posted on Twitter, “Sounds like Andre Iguodala, age 37, just chose to return to Golden St over becoming LeBron’s teammate. Why join him when you’ve routinely beaten him and always been his defensive nemesis? Besides, the Lakers are a little too old for Iggy.”

Even though Skip intended to praise Andre at the cost of bashing LeBron, Iguodala didn’t appreciate it. Instead, he replied, “Nobody stopping him my guy… buddy goD status.. ALWAYS love!”

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Iguodala’s history with the Warriors

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Back in 2015, the Golden State Warriors were an offensive juggernaut. Their record of the most wins in an NBA regular season is enough to justify that statement. And, of course, the cornerstones of their team were Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.

But one can’t forget the contributions Iggy made for the team. He was vital in their journey of bringing three NBA championships in four years, even surpassing his teammates and winning the MVP award once.

Sep 19, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Miami Heat guard Andre Iguodala (28) controls the ball against Boston Celtics guard Brad Wanamaker (9) during the first half of game three of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2020 NBA Playoffs at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Although he ended up with the Miami Heat afterward, he never saw the same success again. However, he is returning to the same team that he gave everything to, in the 37-year-old’s last attempt to add another title under his name. With Klay and Steph returning next season, the Warriors are definitely one to look out for.

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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