Andre Iguodala thinks LeBron James’ decision was about his freedom to carve own future
The four-year rivalry between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers has surely come to an end after LeBron James parted ways with the team, bolting for sunny Los Angeles and agreeing to a four-year, $154 million deal with the Lakers.
Andre Iguodala has been the primary defender on King James for four straight NBA Finals, and even if that chapter of his career is now over, he won’t blame the Lakers star for making that decision.
“I think it’s just a ‘What do you want to do?’ decision. That’s what’s most important,” Iguodala said of James’ signing with the Lakers, according to Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated. “When non-athletes get out of college, they can interview anywhere they want. If they’re offered a job, they can choose to go anywhere they want to go. It’s a little different in sports but you get the opportunity and it’s called free agency. It’s good to see guys make their own individual decisions and not worry about the response from millions of fans.”
The 2015 Finals MVP went on to explain why athletes are often criticized when making decisions on their future.
“[The criticism comes] because we’re in a different age now,” Iguodala explained. “You have more platforms and more voices are heard from the sidelines. Content and social media come together in one big space. At times, these big companies even base their ideas and content on public opinion. If we had social media 20 or 30 years ago, it would have been the same thing.”
Players have moved places before, but the coverage and all-around attention surrounding the NBA is at an all-time high, as the microcosm of NBA content has taken over friendly social media outlets like Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram — which play close attention to every potential move.