Warriors news: Klay Thompson delivers pregame, center-court message to Andre Iguodala
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Warriors’ Klay Thompson delivers pregame, center-court message to Andre Iguodala

Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Warriors, Heat

The Golden State Warriors welcomed back one of its most beloved figures, as Miami Heat swingman Andre Iguodala returned to San Francisco during the Heat’s road game against the Dubs at Chase Center on Monday.

Prior to tip-off, Iggy’s former teammate with the Warriors, Klay Thompson, did the honors of introducing him to the home crowd, who showered him with applause and cheers.

The injured sharpshooter described Iguodala as a “Swiss Army knife” and one of his favorite teammates of all time.

“He made me, Steph, Draymond, and Loon’s job a lot easier, as well as coach Kerr and the coaching staff. We’re indebted to this man for what he gave us. It’s good to have you back, Dre. I can’t wait to see your jersey in the rafters one of these days,” Thompson said, before embracing Iguodala.

Andre Iguodala spent the last six seasons in Golden State and was a big part of the Warriors’ last three NBA title runs. The 36-year-old wing was the missing piece for the Steve Kerr-mentored team, as his versatility on defense allowed Steph Curry and Klay Thompson to focus on the offensive end.

Iggy’s value to the Warriors was evident in the 2015 Finals when he shadowed then Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James in six games. He was named the Finals MVP after impressive averages of 16.3 points, 4 assists, and 5.8 rebounds.

The Warriors, however, had to ship Iguodala to the Memphis Grizzlies over the summer to make room for the blockbuster Kevin Durant-D’Angelo Russell swap with the Brooklyn Nets. Upon his request, Iguodala was traded by the Grizzlies and landed in South Beach during the Trade Deadline last Thursday.

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