A legend bids farewell to the game. Andre Iguodala, after an illustrious 19-season career in the NBA, is hanging up his jersey, marking the end of an era filled with triumph. A four-time NBA champion, he graced seven finals and stood as a linchpin in the last great dynasty of the league – the Golden State Warriors. His partnership with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and coach Steve Kerr resulted in multiple championships.
“Like, I need a new hip. I need 2 new knees. I need a new wrist now. I just thought it was time.”
Andre Iguodala on finally hanging it up.
— ClutchPoints (ClutchPoints) October 20, 2023
The 2015 NBA Finals MVP officially announced his retirement during a conversation with Andscape on a Friday morning. Over his incredible career, spanning 19 seasons, Iguodala boasted averages of 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists across 1,231 games. He revealed that, despite receiving interest from the Warriors and other teams, he had chosen to step away from the game.
“It”s just the right time,” said the 39-year-old Iguodala in a phone interview with Andscape. “Time started to get limited for me, and I didn”t want to put anything in the back seat. I didn”t want to have to try to delegate time anymore. Especially with on the court, off the court with family. A lot.”
Andre Iguodala announces his retirement from the NBA after an incredible 19 year career 🙌
Gonna say it one last time, I WANT IGUODALA!! pic./JksIAzrfPK
— TheWarriorsTalk (TheWarriorsTalk) October 20, 2023
“You want to play at a high level. But then family is a lot. My son is 16 and then two girls. So [I”m] looking forward to seeing them grow up in those important years.”
Willie Green, head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans and a former teammate of Iguodala with the 76ers, and his coach during their time at Golden State, expressed his deep respect for the retiring star.
“He”s always been a mature young man, and I”m proud to see what he”s done in his career on the floor,” Green told Andscape. “An Olympic gold medalist, a four-time NBA champion, but I”m even proud of him for who he is off the floor, [a] devoted husband and father. [There are] a ton of friends that he has in the NBA circles. But even the young guys, he would take the young guys and show “em how to be pros.”
Four-time NBA champion Andre Iguodala gives a message after announcing his retirement from the NBA after 19 seasons: pic./VzSbFy8Yqq
— First Take (FirstTake) October 20, 2023
“… He was one of the best, most versatile players to ever play, can play any position and can guard any position. He really worked on his game because he wanted to be the best that he could. That is a reason why he ends up in Golden State and he”s one of the pillars of that team winning championships and becoming a dynasty. You get a guy like Andre on your team and he changes things.”