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Andre Iguodala Sounds Off on Heat Culture After Winning NBA Championship



Andre Iguodala #28 of the Miami Heat reacts throughout the first half against the Los Angeles Lakers

Andre Iguodala was a beneficial member of the Miami Heat last season as a veteran forward and mentor inside the organization. As a member of the Heat, he only averaged nearly 5 points per game and nearly 4 rebounds within the season and a half with Miami. Nonetheless, his impact stretched beyond that. Iguodala’s presence was huge because the Heat battled within the playoffs only to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers within the NBA bubble. But after only a season and a half in Miami, Iguodala opted to re-join his former team, the Golden State Warriors. 

Now, with the Golden State Warriors, Iguodala won his fourth NBA title within the NBA Finals series against the Boston Celtics. The forward was an instrumental a part of the Warriors’ championship runs and even won the NBA Finals MVP Award in 2015. While Iggy’s impact was different in 2022, it was still felt within the Warriors’ unlikely championship run. Iguodala was a significant component as a mentor within the Dubs locker room, helping players like Gary Payton II, Jonathan Kuminga, Jordan Poole, and more. 

In a recent appearance, Iguodala made on teammate Draymond Green’s podcast, “The Draymond Green Show,” Green discussed his role as a mentor on this yr’s team. 

Iguodala’s Comments on Heat Culture

Iguodala credited his time with the Miami Heat as helping him make this jump in how he mentored the Warriors’ young players in his return to the bay. 

“Me going to Miami and experiencing the Miami Heat culture,” Iguodala said. “That actually helped me come back and accept the role I had. I knew I could still be impactful.” 

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After Iggy’s comments on Green’s podcast were shared to Twitter, Former Heat coach and current NBA analyst Stan Van Gundy commented saying that “He’s (Iguodala) the Warriors’ version of Udonis Haslem.” 

He’s the Warriors’ version of Udonis Haslem

— Stan Van Gundy (@realStanVG) June 17, 2022

It’s a great comparison, and Iguodala likely learned it from Miami’s elder statesman in Udonis Haslem. This also goes to prove why Haslem has a spot on the Heat so long as he wants one and that Haslem has a bigger impact as a player-coach or mentor than he would coaching. 

The Difference between Heat Culture and Warriors Culture

Earlier this season, Iguodala discussed the difference between the culture inside the Warriors franchise and Heat franchise. 

“The environment is somewhat more relaxed,” explained Iguodala. “It’s got some hippy vibes to it, go at your individual pace, go as you please. Miami is type of like, straight and narrow, everybody in formation. I could see weaknesses in each. Because each had a variety of success—Pat Riley might be one of the successful player/coaches/GMs in NBA history. He’s done it at every level. We had success here, and I saw some flaws here. Being in those two places, I attempted to step back and appreciate the worth in either side,” Iguodala said on ‘The Draymond Green Show.’ “Once I was there, I saw some things we did with the Warriors that I could bring to a few of the players to the team—some guys won’t be as mentally strong at a young age, nudge them and get them to open up somewhat bit.”

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