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Warriors’ Andre Iguodala compares the NBA embracing gambling to ‘marijuana being legalized’

Andre Iguodala

Golden State Warriors stud Andre Iguodala seems to be on the fence when it comes to the topic of the prevalence of sports betting in the NBA.

According to the 34-year-old, he does see some merit to it, but also warns of its potential pitfalls, even comparing it to the gateway drug mariujana.

“It’s almost like marijuana being legalized,” Iguodala told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “As long as it is handled with care and caution and it is not abused by the consumer, then it’s something that can be [positive]. If done for business reasons, it will help profits go up. But at the same time, you don’t want to get greedy with it. It can affect people’s lives. Gambling is big business. It is something that can hurt people.”

The 14-year veteran makes an excellent point here. Indeed, the business of sports gambling has become a multi-million dollar industry that has also generated thousands of jobs. Nevertheless, Iguodala stressed the importance of proper governance to ensure that not abused.

Similarly, marijuana is a herbal drug that has become part of America’s mainstream culture. Known to alleviate the pain associated with several medical conditions, medicinal marijuana is legal in 30 out of the 50 states of America, per Business Insider.

If Iguodala himself were a betting man, however — although gambling within the NBA is explicitly condemned, so this statement is used purely to arrive at a point — then he would likely be putting all his money on his Warriors completing a famous three-peat this upcoming season. Iguodala and the Dubs only got stronger this summer, and there is almost no stopping them on their quest to make history.