Former Arizona Basketball player Andre Iguodala just won his fourth NBA Championship with Golden State and this year he did it in a new role as a veteran player.
The Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala has grown into several roles on the team who just won their fourth NBA Championship on Thursday night while playing against the Boston Celtics inside TD Garden.
While Steph Curry drew a lot of the attention, what many of us likely missed last night was what Iguodala contributes behind the scenes. Because, during game six of the 2022 NBA Finals, his veteran coaching skills were on full display.
Perhaps his head coach and fellow Arizona alumni Steve Kerr, who just won his 9th NBA Championship (fourth as a coach), has something to do with letting Andre be Andre.
Earlier in the series, Andre caught protege Andrew Wiggins, who just won his first NBA Championship, doing something he didn’t like and got Steph Curry to help him corral the young Wiggins to the sideline after getting his first persona foul of the game. He had some advice for the star small forward he subs in for.
Andre was very animated and didn’t hold back. On top of that, Kerr slowly walked towards the conversation and seemed to like what he heard, not intervening. The beloved Wildcat showed his coaching skills to the entire world!
He first explained the issue, then showed him what he expected, then pumped him up and sent Wiggins back on the court.
Did you catch Nelly (Artist/Singer) who was performing in Boston and caught the game sitting near the Warriors bench in the front row? The looks he gave during the Andre and Andrew conversation are priceless and meme-worthy.
Whatever Andre did, it helped, and the Golden State Warriors went on to win the franchise’s sixth Championship, defeating the Boston Celtics in six games in front of a raucous crowd. They stuck around to badger the Warriors until they left to go celebrate in their locker room.
Do we have a future NBA Coach in the making? Will Andre Iguodala join the ranks of Arizona Wildcats coaches coaching in the NBA?
It looks like he has what it takes from what we just saw, maybe he stays playing as a veteran, learning all that he can from Steve Kerr. Or, maybe he finally trades in the sneakers for a clipboard and gets hired as a coach, just like many former players have done before him.
Whatever the case, it was fun to watch and we cannot wait to see more of Andre’s successes.