Andre Iguodala explains why he likes but doesn't enjoy playing in NBA

Andre Iguodala explains why he likes but doesn't enjoy playing in NBA

Quinn Cook was the Warriors’ only DNP last week against the Pelicans. After the game, Quinn got up some shots at Oracle, moving around the arc while arena workers buzzed around the court to tidy up for the night.

“Quinn’s got the work ethic,” Andre Iguodala said. “Quinn understands it’s a business. He listens. He sees the work Steph puts in, KD puts in. He comes to work.”

Andre then paused and took the conversation in a different direction.

“He’s sort of like me. He doesn’t enjoy the NBA because there’s more work. It’s work. You forget you’re in the NBA.”

Andre, in his 15th NBA season, explained this feeling is a gift and a curse.

“I always say, I never enjoy my career,” he said. “Well, here and there (I do). But when we win championships, I never really enjoy it because it’s like, all right, we got to go back to work tomorrow.”

Aware of how the words “I never enjoy my career” might look as a quote, Andre was careful to articulate the feeling of never being satisfied with his gratefulness to play basketball for a living.

“Sometimes I take it for granted ... the talent I’ve been given,” he said. “Because I forget there’s only 450 guys in this league. But if I don’t put the work in, someone’s going to take my job. I do it because I love the game.”

Andre described the feeling of liking being in the NBA but not enjoying being the NBA as “the craziest thing ever.”

“The only time I enjoy it is, like, perfect plays. When we have a perfect play?” Andre clapped his hands. “In Chicago, I had fun.”

He said last Monday in Chicago was “a business game.” The Warriors had 34 assists and seven turnovers to thrill a perfectionist like him.

“The way the ball was moving ... Klay wasn’t taking, like, crazy shots. He was getting good looks,” Andre recalled about Klay Thompson’s NBA record-breaking night with 14 3-pointers.

“Some of those possessions were perfect, like bing, bing, bing, bing,” he said as he mimicked the ball movement. “Steph penetrates, kicks it out. Things interchange like they normally do. And it happens simultaneously.”

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Andre snapped his fingers.

“It seemed like us playing, but it was just improvisation. Just perfect basketball.”

The perfectionist cracked a smile.

“That’s when it’s fun to me. But that’s rare, though.”

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

Trae Young says he'll catch Steph Curry as NBA's best shooter in 1 year

In light of the coronavirus outbreak putting all American sports on an indefinite pause, hot takes have become the topic du jour for fans relegated to their homes.

While joining “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young was pressed on the many comparisons the young point guard draws to Warriors star Steph Curry.

On the subject of taking over Curry’s title as the NBA’s most feared shooter, Young doesn’t think it will be long before he overtakes Steph.

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It’s hard to take any stock in this statement given how much Shaq pressed the 21-year-old to answer.

But Young’s talent is unmistakable, and there’s a chance we’ll see Young resetting the record books one day the way Curry has throughout his 11 years in the NBA.

A year though? I’d imagine Curry and his teammates would disagree with that timeline.

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Why Steph Curry's NBA parallel might be ex-Warriors exec Jerry West

Steph Curry forever has altered the game of basketball during his 11 seasons with the Warriors.

Shattering record after record, Curry became the face of the NBA’s evolution toward emphasizing the 3-pointer.

His unique qualities make him a difficult player to compare, but one that makes some sense is Hall of Famer Jerry West.

“With impact and accolades in the mix,” Bleacher Report’s Zach Buckley writes. “Then “The Logo” Jerry West looks like the answer. Maybe that's why the basketball gods brought them together when West served as a consultant for Curry's Warriors for six seasons.

“It's not a perfect comparison—Curry was a better dribbler, West a superior stopper who played without the three-point line (added in 1979-80)—but the 6'3" Curry and 6'2" West found their spots on the game's all-time hierarchy in similar ways.”

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West was an integral part of Golden State’s dynastic run through the 2010s, providing a sage voice for a front office unfamiliar with success.

What a sight it would have been to actually see those two line up across from each other in an NBA game.