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Four-Time NBA Star Andre Iguodala Retires After 19 Seasons

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Golden State Warriors four-time champion Andre Iguodala has announced his retirement almost two decades after joining the NBA.

On Friday morning, the MVP of the 2015 NBA Finals informed Andscape that he was leaving the league. Iguodala averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 1,231 games over the course of 19 seasons. Before opting to retire, the 2012 All-Star claimed he turned down offers from the Warriors and multiple other organizations.

“It’s just the right time,” Iguodala, 39, told Andscape in a phone interview. “Time started to get limited for me, and I didn’t want to put anything in the back seat. I didn’t want to have to try to delegate time anymore. Especially with on the court, off the court with family. A lot.

“You want to play at a high level. But then family is a lot. My son is 16 and then two girls. So [I’m] looking forward to seeing them grow up in those important years.”

The former standout player for Arizona was selected ninth overall in the NBA draft of 2004. The 6’6″, 215-pound forward averaged a career-high 19.9 points per game with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2007–08 and was selected for the team’s only All-Star team in 2012.

The defensive-minded forward made the first team in 2013–14 and was selected thrice for the All-NBA defense team. In addition, Iguodala won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics and a world championship with USA Basketball in 2010. In terms of overall games played, he ranks 39th in NBA history.

Iguodala’s former coach at Golden State and teammate with the 76ers, Willie Green of the New Orleans Pelicans, conveyed his admiration.

“He’s always been a mature young man, and I’m proud to see what he’s done in his career on the floor,” Green told Andscape. “An Olympic gold medalist, a four-time NBA champion, but I’m even proud of him for who he is off the floor, [a] devoted husband and father. [There are] a ton of friends that he has in the NBA circles. But even the young guys, he would take the young guys and show ’em how to be pros.

“… He was one of the best, most versatile players to ever play, can play any position and can guard any position. He really worked on his game because he wanted to be the best that he could. That is a reason why he ends up in Golden State and he’s one of the pillars of that team winning championships and becoming a dynasty. You get a guy like Andre on your team and he changes things.”

Iguodala was a player with the Miami Heat, Denver Nuggets, and 76ers. He had the biggest effect with the Warriors. After Iguodala retired, the Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob stated in 2019 that he intended to retire the No. 9 jersey.

“Andre Iguodala was a huge part of four NBA championship teams with the Warriors and will forever be remembered for his many contributions to our franchise, both on and off the court,” Lacob said in a statement. “His team-first approach, which we witnessed immediately upon his arrival in Golden State, helped set the tone for much of our success, as did the impact he had on the defensive end of the floor.

We look forward to raising #9 to the rafters in Chase Center at some point in the future, and we wish him well in what will assuredly be a very successful post-playing career venture into the business world.”

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