As much as I hate the Warriors and everything and everyone that remotely involved in that organization and their poo-poo fans, you’d be hard pressed to find a cooler, and smarter player on that team and within the NBA than Andre Iguodala. Oh, wait, you don’t remember which one is Andre Iguodala? Oh! Well, this might refresh your memory .
He’s the one in the white Warriors jersey getting…blocked by James. Well, Andre Iguodala has been a giant part of the Golden State Warriors success over the past few years. But even with another $17 Million in guaranteed cash next season, Iguodala is shifting his focus to life after basketball. He appeared on the Power 105.1 show “The Breakfast Club” to promote his new book “The Sixth Man.” Pretty cool to see a guy like him taking the next step. What was a shock to all though was what he disclosed in his interview about the Warriors lying about player injuries and that players are being pressured to return to play before they may be ready.
Iguodala mentioned in his interview that during last year’s post-season run, he sustained a fracture in his leg, sidelining him for much of the post-season, the Warriors organization disclosed to the media that his injury was a “bone bruise”, which is much less significant. This lie by the Warriors organization lead to litany of pressure applied to Andre by the organization itself, it’s medical staff, coach, players, fans, etc. Iguodala went on to say that this is similar to how Kevin Durant’s calf injury was handled. He said things a long the line of Durant being told his calf injury was just a mild strain and that there was no chance he would or could re-injure the lower leg. Well, we all know how that turned out.
I get why the average fan and the money makers of organizations would want players to push through their pain. It not only makes them more money and potentially a championship, but it also makes for a great story. The old “He played through a broken leg, he’s a hard-nosed player” story. We’ve all heard it before. But did the Warriors mis-management of Kevin Durant’s, and other players in the past’s injuries cost them one of the best players on the planet? I think so.
I have to be honest in saying that I wouldn’t have expected this from Iguodala. Typically, you see disgruntled players who have a grudge against their previous organization who release information like this, but with a player like Iggy, a finals MVP and beloved sixth-man, but this just means to me that he’s ready to air out some dirty laundry and that this must’ve been going on for a long time.
He also went on to say that the Warriors black balled Mark Jackson from coaching anywhere else. There were a lot of rumors going around that the Warriors blackballed Mark Jackson from coaching anywhere else and that it was due to them spreading his personal views on LGBT/Gay Marriage rights, and what Iggy said shines some light on this and shows there may be some truth to this. If you have an hour to kill, give his interview a listen, it’s well worth it and it shows how intelligent he is.