Andre Iguodala has made a respectful name for himself in the NBA.
Across eight seasons, he’s helped lead the Warriors to three NBA championships and earned Finals MVP honors during the 2014-15 championship over the Cavaliers.
But was this always his dream? To be a well-known name in a professional sport?
Believe it or not, Iguodala figured he would be a teacher when he grew up.
“I come from a small town [Springfield, Illinois], and no one knew who I was,” Iguodala told Fast Company’s Claire Miller. “I thought I would go to college and become a math teacher. I remember joking around in practice and my coach was like, “You know there are NBA scouts here,” and I said, “What does that have to do with me?” He said, “Well, who do you think they’re here to see?”
That humbleness remained throughout his career. He mentioned he received advice at one point from a coach who said to take more shots than pass, but as a team player, he’s happy to be more of a distributor.
The Warriors traded Iguodala to the Grizzlies in July in order to clear enough cap space to sign D'Angelo Russell via sign-and-trade, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob has maintained that Iguodala's No. 9 will hang from the rafters someday at Chase Center.
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But just imagine … Andre Iguodala, the math teacher. Crazy. Err, Mr. Iguodala. Perhaps Professor Iguodala?
It appears the journey he chose is working for him just fine, however.
Nearly one month ago, Steph Curry debuted his latest signature shoe.
The Warriors star point guard unveiled his Under Armour Curry 7 kicks on Sept. 23. On Oct. 19, he rocked a special pair of shoes that certainly have special meaning to him.
In Golden State's final game of its preseason slate, Curry wore a yellow of pair of cheetah-print Curry 7s that his oldest daughter Riley designed.
Steph didn't disappoint in the special shoes designed by Riley, too. Curry scored 32 points Friday night in the Warriors' 124-103 preseason win over the Lakers.
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While the Warriors went just 2-3 in the preseason, Curry showed why many believe he could lead the league in scoring this season. The two-time MVP averaged 26.8 points over 24.5 minutes per game while shooting 43.2 percent from 3-point range.
With a revamped roster that has less experience than years past, the Warriors might need Curry to make a run at MVP No. 3 if they want to make a run in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.
He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.
Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.
"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast.
His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.
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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.
Suppose that means it was worth it.