NBA veteran Andre Iguodala believes his short yet impactful stint with the Miami Heat helped him with his new role on the Warriors roster.
There are no two ways about the fact that Andre Iguodala has been one of the crucial pillars of the Warriors dynasty. The veteran forward is one of the most respected players on the roster and the unsung locker-room leader. Iggy has played a total of seven seasons for the San Francisco franchise.
Iggy was the Finals MVP when the Warriors won their first championship after 40 years in 2015. The former Sixers player didn’t let his ego in the way, agreeing to come off the bench during the 2014-15 season. However, Iguodala would be promoted to the starting lineup come the Finals.
The former All-Star had a memorable run with the Warriors, winning three championships. Unfortunately, post their loss in the 2019 Finals, Golden State hit a rough patch and had to make some tough calls after losing Kevin Durant to the Nets and Klay Thompson out for a season with an injury.
One of these decisions included trading Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies, with the two parties agreeing to find Iggy a new home, which ended up being in Miami.
Andre Iguodala reveals how the Heat Culture helped him with his second stint on the Warriors.
It would not be wrong to say that the Heat culture is the X factor that separates the Miami franchise from the rest. While some credit President Pat Riley for it, others feel Coach Spoelstra was the main reason behind nurturing this culture.
While there are many meanings to it, the Heat culture symbolizes the hustle mentality consisting of work ethic, hard work, and accountability where one does not merely depend on talent. Post winning his 4th title in the Bay, Iguodala reflected on how the Heat culture impacted him.
“Me going to Miami and experiencing the Miami Heat culture, that really helped me come back and accept the role I had. … I knew I could still be impactful.”
– Andre Iguodala 🏆 pic.twitter.com/YcSRG7ljJL
— Heat Nation (@HeatNationCom) June 17, 2022
In the last leg of his career, Iguodala had no qualms about admitting how the Heat culture helped him accept his new role with the Warriors. The 6″6′ forward played a mere 31-games this season, coming off the bench. Iggy was rather involved in the behind-the-scenes of the team, grooming the young players, and donning the role of a mentor.