In 2013, Andre Iguodala joined the Golden State Warriors, giving him the chance of a lifetime to play for a team that was about to start a dynasty.
It also gave him the chance of a lifetime to play with one of the NBA’s premier players and one of the greatest of all time.
Iguodala told Shannon Sharpe on Sharpe’s podcast “Club Shay Shay” that he was amazed at Stephen Curry upon arriving in Golden State.
.@andre on how he felt about Steph Curry after signing with the Warriors in 2013:
“I’m saying to myself…I think I might’ve just met the closest thing to Jesus Christ.”
— Club Shay Shay (@ClubShayShay) February 27, 2023
By this time, Iguodala was a veteran who had been to the playoffs several times, but he had never played on a team that was anything close to a legitimate contender.
As a young player, he was known as something of a Swiss Army knife who could handle the ball in the open court, score, hit the open man, and defend at a high level.
With the Warriors, he would prove to be the final piece to their championship puzzle.
After losing in the first round of the playoffs in his first season with them, they reached the NBA Finals in 2015 after winning a league-high 67 games in the regular season.
There, they faced the Cleveland Cavaliers, and although Cleveland lost star guard Kyrie Irving to a knee injury in Game 1, they took a 2-1 series lead and looked like the better team.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr moved Iguodala into the starting lineup for Game 4, and they won the next three games and the title, as Iguodala was named series MVP.
Two more championships followed in 2017 and 2018, and although Iguodala left following the 2018-19 season, he returned in 2021.
Although Iguodala has played in just three games this season due to injury, his mere presence will be valuable come playoff time, if the struggling Warriors manage to make the playoffs.NEXT: Stephen A. Smith Gives His Honest Opinion Of Golden State Warriors