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Andre Iguodala reveals gritty details about last season's knee injury

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Andre Iguodala reveals gritty details about last season's knee injury

With just under eight minutes remaining in Game 3 of last season's Western Conference finals, Andre Iguodala hurt his left knee.

He missed the Warriors' next six games before returning for Game 3 of the NBA Finals.

"The injury kind of bothered me because there was a lot going on behind closed doors that was bothering me," Iguodala told Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group. "I hadn’t missed a playoff game my entire career. It isn’t about waiting around. I know what it was. A lot of people knew what it was. But I just went along with it.

"Whatever you say it is, a bruise or whatever, I should be back day to day. But I know it wasn’t day to day. All right, cool. Players can fold under that type of scrutiny ... if I can’t talk to ya’ll, I’m isolated. That can do some damage to players. I’ve seen it firsthand. Guys fold and don’t attempt to come back. But I tried to keep the right mindset. I had the ‘whatever’ mentality where I don’t really care."

What was bothering Iguodala behind closed doors?

“I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus," Iguodala answered. "Everybody has the same goal at the end of the day." 

So, what exactly happened to Iguodala's knee?

"I had a spider fracture," the 2015 NBA Finals MVP said. "It was like a spider web with cracks. It depends on whose eyes were looking at it. If you wrote that, someone could say, ‘No it wasn’t.’ But the person who said it was, said it was that. It’s one of those things.”

Well, well, well. This certainly is ... interesting stuff.

Iguodala also revealed that the recovery timeline was three to five weeks. He returned about 2.5 weeks later ...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Why Jay Williams claims Steph Curry is not top-two NBA ball-handler

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Why Jay Williams claims Steph Curry is not top-two NBA ball-handler

We are not here to pick a fight with ESPN personality Jay Williams.

He is entitled to his opinion.

But his latest claim probably won't sit well with Warriors fans.

This prompted @famouslos32 to put together a highlight reel of Currys' handle (make sure you watch it because it's amazing and hilarious). The video package resulted in a very simple response from Williams:

Here a couple other tweets on the matter from the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NBA Draft:

Who is the best ball-handler in the NBA according to Williams?

[RELATEDWhy 'Game 6 Klay' was easy choice as best version of star]

Yours truly agrees.

Does it matter if Steph universally is considered second best? No. Not at all.

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Juan Toscano-Anderson pays homage to 'Thunder,' Warriors' former mascot

Juan Toscano-Anderson pays homage to 'Thunder,' Warriors' former mascot

He was a light that burned bright but didn’t shine for long. 

Sadiki Fuller was a superhero to fans who would watch the Warriors, but he wasn’t known to everyone by that name. He was known to many as “Thunder,” the team’s mascot that possessed big, muscly arms and jumping shots that would entertain crowds at Oracle Arena from 1997-20.

Current Warrior forward Juan Toscano-Anderson paid a small homage to the mascot after finding a plush doll of his when going through some old things:

He got a lot of responses from people who remember that era well.

Anderson, a Bay Area native, became the first Warrior to have attended Warriors Basketball camp as a kid. And was just in middle school during the “We Believe,” days. He watched what this team could do from the beginning

He signed with the Warriors from the team's G League for the rest of the NBA season, whenever that should begin again. 

[RELATED: Paschall explains deep bond with Draymond]

Fuller, the man behind the mask, passed away in May of 2018. Those close to him called him an inspiration and a mentor.

It’s nice to see Anderson still has a piece of him. 

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