Steph Curry Assures Andre Iguodala Will Have More Than Just a Bench Role at the Golden State Warriors

Published 08/12/2021, 8:43 AM EDT
December 20, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Andre Iguodala (9) celebrate during the second quarter against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Jazz 104-74. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports


After being away for over two years, Andre Iguodala will don the blue, yellow and white again. Having been part of the setup for close to seven years, Iguodala will make his return to the Golden State Warriors for the 2021-22 season. The veteran will bring his experience back to Golden State, where fans cherished his presence. Having spent a year with the Miami Heat, the powerful player will hope to bring back his side’s glory days. Ahead of the anticipated homecoming, guard Stephen Curry had heaps of praise for the great.

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Stephen Curry feels Iguodala is ‘extremely motivated’ ahead of Warriors return

The Golden State Warriors lacked the efficiency of a bankable guard-forward in their recent struggles. With Klay Thompson out of action, Curry and Draymond Green were the two talisman features of Steve Kerr’s men. Yet, the team needed the innovative kind of player who would make the Chase Center his own. Though he hasn’t been in the best of touch, Andre Iguodala’s inclusion might just be the missing piece in the jigsaw puzzle.

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Point-guard Stephen Curry seems optimistic about the new edition that will commence in October. In an interview with ESPN, the No.30 sat down and expressed his happiness at having Andre back. “That’s the thing that, you know, for him it’s not where he’s finishing; it’s that he understands he has a lot left in him to give on the court. He’s extremely motivated, so he understands how we do things,” quoted Curry.

What does Iguodala bring to the table?

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Apart from his mental strength, the 33-year-old seven-time All-Star also raved about Iguodala’s other abilities. “He was part of building our culture and our championship run. So to have the balance of the presence that he brings in our locker room, the veteran leadership, but also he’s not gonna be on the bench, he’s gonna be out there on the floor doing and contributing to things he’s used to doing. So that’s what we’re all the way excited about,” exclaimed the GSW star.

In his last season for the Californian giants, Iguodala averaged close to 6 points and 4 rebounds. Though these aren’t extraordinary numbers, the Arizona University graduate contributed a lot to the side, off the ball. At 37 years of age, his experience is perhaps his biggest asset. But as Curry claimed, the player still has what it takes to compete at the highest level.

Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Miami Heat guard Andre Iguodala (28) brings the ball up court against the Dallas Mavericks during the second half at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Andre Iguodala will hope to erase the poor outing he had last season, and start fresh in 2021. Playing alongside some of the greats of the game, the onus will be on the veteran to prove his worth. Can Iguodala make a claim to fame in his second stint too? There is not long left to wait and find out!

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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