At Golden State’s Media Day on Monday, Warriors sixth man extraordinaire Andre Iguodala commented on his expectations for the season and his motivation.
Here’s what Iguodala had to say at Media Day:
Iguodala says his age is motivating him to keep playing at a high level:
“I mean, I think when you get a little older, it’s about just trying to stay at the highest level that you can. You know you tailor off on the slow decline not one of those drastic declines. It’s really about that.
“It’s actually more motivation than you think, just continuing to prove that you can still play at a high level and so just being in the gym a lot, working out, keeping your body right. Pretty focused summer.”
Iguodala believes Golden State’s culture was a big reason for their success last season:
“Well, I think we had a lot of injuries and I think it was more injuries than people noticed. So we had to really get over the hump. We had to fight with a lot of things, deal with adjustments with the lineups, it was a lot of the roles were changing from on a nightly basis, one night you may play five minutes and the next night Nick Young was playing 45 minutes. So it was kind of a roller coaster with your role, and I think the culture we’ve built, guys are able to have the right approach going into every single game. You may not know what your role was tonight but you would embrace whatever it was and we have some times it didn’t go well. We had a stretch at the end where four of our starters were out, four All-Stars were out. And I thought that was some of our best basketball. We all said, look, this is the situation; everyone can take advantage of. And just having a right mindset can carry over. You kind of set up good karma for yourself.”
Due to their continuity, Iguodala expects the Warriors to play even better this season:
“The second season you can — you pretty much have a good grasp on the offense. And you can extend on it. The first year is always the toughest year. You look historically over some of the teams. You talk about like the Atlanta Hawks, they had four All-Stars one year and that was their second year together. I think it seems like it comes from Popovich his crew, coaches that go implement a system into a new place and they really do a better job of executing than the second season.
“We’ve seen that here. Our first year we were able to win it but next year we won 73 games and our offense seemed to be clicking and KD coming in, his second year we extended a little bit as well so we’re going to continue with that progress and bringing in boogie, we look for — we don’t know after this year, but we definitely can expand on what he brings to the table and having that low post presence that we never had.”