Warriors coach Steve Kerr reveals reason Andre Iguodala loves ‘playing mind games’
Miami Heat veteran Andre Iguodala is currently on his sixth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. He was memorably part of the Golden State Warriors dynasty, who themselves had five straight Finals appearances, and the 36-year-old is now at it again in his first season in Miami. For his former coach with the Warriors, Steve Kerr, he believes that one of the primary reasons behind Iguodala’s sustained success is his ability to play mind games at an elite level.
According to Kerr, this is one of the most under appreciated aspects of Iguodala’s game. And as it turns out, this is exactly how the wily veteran prefers it to be.
“That’s where he starts playing mind games,” said Steve Kerr of the now Heat talent, via Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. “And he’s a contrarian. So he’ll play dumb about it. He won’t even really want to talk about it.
“But he loves making the subtle play, the play most people wouldn’t even recognize, but that a coach or a teammate would see on tape. He actually takes great joy in making that kind of play.”
This is a unique skill that is developed through years of experience. The Heat veteran has more than a few of those under his belt, and as a three-time NBA champion himself, the 6-foot-6 swingman has had his fair share of battles throughout his decorated career.
Andre Iguodala is no longer the dominant figure he once was during his prime. Nevertheless, he still serves as one of Miami’s most important players. He will need to bring every inch of his championship experience if he hopes to help the Heat overcome a powerhouse Los Angeles Lakers side in this season’s Finals.