Andre Iguodala announced his intention to return to the Warriors on Friday through the New York Times, after two seasons with the Miami Heat. In speaking to The Times' Jonathan Abrams, Iguodala explained that while he grew to appreciate the culture in Miami, it was a stark contrast from his six-season stint in the Bay Area.
“You had a lot of veteran guys who knew how to get their work in and everyone could go out there on their own pace,” Iguodala told Abrams of his run in Golden State. “It was kind of just all-inviting vibes, where it was carefree, relaxing and it was kind of like Hawaiian-type vibes.
“It was the other end of the spectrum, where it was ultra-focused,” he said of the Miami Heat. “We had a drill called Hunger Games, where it was exactly what it sounds like from the movie — when you’re talking about to the death. That’s when I learned to appreciate different approaches.”
Heat culture long has been one of the most rigid in the NBA, and it has led to plenty of winning over the past 20 years under Pat Riley.
The Warriors and head coach Steve Kerr have done things differently over the past seven years, and have reached similarly great heights.
Iguodala did help lead the Heat to the NBA Finals in the Orlando Bubble, but he wasn't quite as impactful in Miami as he was during his time with the Warriors. That's understandable, given that Iguodala spent his age-36 and age-37 seasons in Miami.
Now back on the Warriors' bench, Iguodala will be an integral part of the second unit. His ballhandling and defense on the wing will be able to spell Andrew Wiggins at times, and his veteran experience will be hugely beneficial for first-round draft picks Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody.