The Golden State Warriors won their fourth championship in eight years this past week when they defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals.
Winning a title in any sport is extremely difficult, and when it happens, players are generally pretty stunned in the aftermath. Their reactions tend to be more rooted in raw emotion than logical thought.
Which makes what Warriors vet Andre Iguodala did all the more fascinating.
As the seconds winded down in Game 6 and Golden State’s most recent chip became official, Iguodala opted to do something extremely selfless. The video speaks for itself:
Andre seeking out the game ball to hand-deliver to Steph is everything 💛 pic.twitter.com/BKP6POdfMg
— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) June 19, 2022
Understandably, social media had some strong reactions to Iguodala’s immediate first thought after winning a championship:
Iggy be on nuts man https://t.co/L85aZre7gw
— Jay (@feeling_3000) June 19, 2022
— Omotunde Pelumi Sylvester (@Sly_2k) June 19, 2022
— Frank Hodgins. (@frank_hodgins) June 19, 2022
As a good friend (@sixers fan) said to me yesterday, “Even if you don’t like the @warriors, you have to like how they truly play as a team”. Truth! #StrengthInNumbers and #strengthInTeam https://t.co/C6gAAFLIND
— Rusty Rueff (@RustyRueff) June 19, 2022
Holme need a bib how he be sucking that mane https://t.co/biBGY4DmJB
— Marathon Twon (@Shlimhardaway) June 19, 2022
Iguodala has always been a very important part of the Warriors’ dynasty. Between his deep understanding of the team’s culture, knack for dealing with big personalities like Kevin Durant and epic stories (like the time Stephen Curry silenced an entire bench with just two words) – he is a wealth of knowledge.
Because of that it’s easier to understand why in such a big moment, the first person he thought of was Curry.
The two have a truly special relationship.
Regardless of where Iguodala goes from here, his place in Warriors lore is etched in stone.
Jennifer Withers Hoey is a former Business Development Manager who transitioned to writing about sports. With valuable connections all over the West Coast, she has used those contacts to break some of the most interesting stories pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers, Oregon Ducks, LA Lakers, LA Clippers, Seattle Supersonics (RIP), and more.