Andre Iguodala met his Warriors for the first time since he left San Francisco. The guy who became a legend here received more than a warm welcome, being honored as one of the biggest players in franchise history, which he truly is.
Just one day after his debut for the Heat, he encountered the Warriors. It was an emotional night for both the player and the entire Warriors’ fans and members, and that was especially noticeable during a tribute video, the hosts dedicated to a three-time champ.
“It’s pretty interesting,” Iguodala answered on the question of how he felt seeing Steve Kerr and Draymond Green on the other side. “It’s interesting to see the young guys and how are they developing.”
He would point out Damion Lee, who dropped 26 buckets and had five three-pointers, saying that his progress is excellent.
Iguodala scored two points, had five boards and two assists in 17 minutes on the floor, and according to his words, didn’t allow the emotions to overwhelm him.
But, he didn’t hide his affection towards the Warriors and his former teammates.
“My brothers will be back in action next year, full start next year.. to wreak havoc on the league for 80 games. Love you all,” he stated while addressing after his tribute video and pointing towards the injured Klay and Steph, as well as Draymond.
On the other side, we had Andrew Wiggins the guy who is projected to replace Iggy on the long-term
Former Minnesota Timberwolves’ forward dropped 18 points in 34 minutes, shooting 6-for-17 from the field and adding four assists. He was happy with his start in the new environment.
“This is easy basketball. The way we play as a team, it makes it easy. It makes it fun. Everybody’s getting shots, everyone’s playing together,” Wiggins explained.
The Heat were too much for Steve Kerr’s side, and they created a big gap in the second period, which turned out to be decisive in the end. Miami outscored the hosts 38-25 and kept the distance pretty routinely all the way up to the end.
Wiggins did his part of the job solidly, and unlike before, we’ve seen him passing the ball and speeding up the flow.
“It’s something that I’ve got to keep processing and learning all the plays and stuff like that,” he said about the entirely new concept of play he encountered with.
Many are saying that his stint in San Francisco isn’t going to be very long, and that the Warriors plan to use Wiggins as an asset for some big trade deal. We’ll see what the future holds for the former No.1 pick, but there is no doubt that his capabilities are enormous.
If he adjusts to the Warriors’ style of play and uses his physicality in defense, he could become the mixture of Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, only with a much better attacking potential. Of course, he would need to work extremely hard in order to achieve that, but that is up to him.
Meanwhile, the Warriors (12-42) meet the Suns who lost against the Lakers tonight and following that clash have four straight at home versus Houston, New Orleans, Sacramento, and the Lakers.
On the other side, the Heat (35-18) continue the journey in Utah this Wednesday, and after that in Atlanta. This was their first win on tour throughout the West following three losses against the Clippers, Kings, and the Trail Blazers.
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