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Warriors dynasty ending this year? Andre Iguodala gets philosophical

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Warriors dynasty ending this year? Andre Iguodala gets philosophical

Programming note: Watch the pregame edition of Warriors Outsiders tonight at 6 p.m. PT streaming live on the MyTeams app.

Andre Iguodala is very sarcastic. Last year, he said he doesn't think he’ll ever coach because his players probably wouldn't like all of his sarcastic comments.

The soon-to-be 35-year-old is intelligent, thoughtful, well-read and enlightened. When he wants to be engaging with the media, he's a fantastic quote.

The day after the Kevin Durant-Draymond Green argument in LA, he told Ethan Strauss of The Athletic: "Shaq and Kobe ain’t like each other.”

He also said this about the Warriors overcoming adversity:

When the team arrived at Madison Square Garden earlier this season, he jokingly said to Durant: "Welcome home."

In late November, he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole: "I possibly have another year here — if we win. That’s it. I know that. I’m fine with it ... that’s if we win. If not ..."

Recently, he added another gem to his collection. When asked by The Athletic if this season will be the final chapter of the Warriors' dynasty, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP got philosophical and snarky.

“I’m just going to say ‘ya.’ I might keep saying that. Matter fact I might tweet it.” Is he being honest or kidding? Iguodala says, “What does honesty do anymore but put you in a vulnerable position to be taken advantage of?” 

Is there a constant motivation to remain better than all, when you’ve been at this level for so long? "I’ve been reading Ecclesiastes. The more knowledge you have, the harder life becomes.” 

It sounds like Iguodala was in the mood to engage and have fun without actually answering the question or revealing anything too substantive.

In case you are curious, Wikipedia states the following:

"Ecclesiastes is one of 24 books of the Tanakh or Hebrew Bible, where it is classified as one of the Ketuvim (or "Writings"). Originally written c. 450–200 BCE, it is also among the canonical Wisdom Books in the Old Testament of most denominations of Christianity. The title Ecclesiastes is a Latin transliteration of the Greek translation of the Hebrew Kohelet, the pseudonym used by the author of the book."

Additionally:

"Ecclesiastes has had a deep influence on Western literature. It contains several phrases that have resonated in British and American culture, such as "eat, drink and be merry," "nothing new under the sun," "a time to be born and a time to die," and "vanity of vanities; all is vanity."

That concludes today's lesson. School is adjourned.

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

Warriors' Quinn Cook explains why he never doubted his NBA potential

Warriors' Quinn Cook explains why he never doubted his NBA potential

Quinn Cook's path to the NBA was not direct, but the Warriors guard said he never stopped believing in himself. 

The Duke product went undrafted after winning a National Championship with the Blue Devils in 2015. He was a part of four different NBA organizations (Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans, Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks) before signing a two-way contract with the Warriors in 2017.

But Cook said he got by with a little help from his friends. College teammate Austin Rivers watched him in the G League, and so did LeBron James after a training camp together in Cleveland. 

"That doesn't happen, and those guys kept my confidence [up]," Cook told Rivers and Warriors sideline reporter Kerith Burke on The Uninterrupted Road Trippin' Podcast. "I knew the work I put in. And growing up, I always had confidence in myself. I was a McDonald's All-American. I was All-American in college. I just had to take a different route, and I appreciated it."

Cook caught his big break with the Warriors last season. He played his way into coach Steve Kerr's rotation, and eventually a roster spot once Steph Curry was sidelined down the stretch with an injury. 

In his fourth NBA season, Cook averaged career-highs of 9.5 points, 2.7 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game. He hit the 20-point mark five times, and started 15 of the Warriors' final 16 regular-season games. 

Cook returned to the bench at the start of the playoffs, but still played 10 minutes a night for the eventual NBA champions. He made it, almost overnight, but said he was able to keep things in perspective. 

"[When] Steph went down and I started to score [a lot], I didn't act like this was new because I had been doing it my whole life," Cook continued. "That was just a great opportunity that I wanted to take advantage of, and everything happened for a reason. [Four] teams passed on me, but I got on the right team and I just want to keep building."

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Curry has played in 60 of the Warriors' 71 games this season, so Cook has only started eight times. His minutes and production are down, too, but Cook is scoring (16.3 points) and rebounding (5.6 rebounds) at the highest per-36 minute rates of his career. 

Not that he's surprised. 

You can hear the rest of Rivers, Cook and Burke's conversation on Road Trippin' in the player below, and subscribe here.