Andre Iguodala Isn’t Playing Tonight Because His ‘Massa’ Said So
Shh, no one tell Charles Barkley
The Golden State Warriors have a formidable challenger to their regular season Western Conference throne for the first time in three years, and they aren’t handling it well. The loss of Kevin Durant to injury last month has paved the way for the Hard to Kill San Antonio Spurs to pull within 1.5 games of the West’s top seed, and Dub City is making it easy. Case in point: a 1-point loss to the lowly Timberwolves in Minnesota last night. Frustrations are rising, and Andre Iguodala might’ve been a perfect example of that during a post-game interview last night.
It’s routine for teams high up in the standings to rest their players down the regular season’s final stretch. Ironically, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is famous for doing so–it’s how he got the most mileage out of aging stars like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker–and Steve Kerr, a noted Popovich descendant, is following suit. Tonight, when the Warriors take the court against the Spurs in San Antonio, their biggest (healthy) stars, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, will be on the bench resting.
The latter’s reaction to that? “We’ll do what massa say.”
Even Andre Iguodala was surprised by the Warriors resting their key players against the Spurs.
— NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) March 11, 2017
Sports blogs immediately began reading too deeply into Iguodala’s comments, but ESPN reporter Chris Haynes quickly poked a hole in that balloon.
Spoke w/ @Andre Iguodala about “master” comment. He made it clear that in no way was he referring to Steve Kerr. Was an inside locker joke.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) March 11, 2017
One thing is for sure, though. The Warriors are just treading water, and for the first time in a while, it shows.