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#pounditFriday, January 22, 2021

Andre Iguodala explains why Warriors are not ruining basketball

Andre Iguodala

The Golden State Warriors hear all that talk about how they’re ruining basketball, but they obviously don’t see it that way.

Andre Iguodala doesn’t see it that way. He knows that this won’t last forever, and all his team is doing is exploiting their window for all it’s worth.

“In every sector of business, it’s really hard to build something where you can get on a good run,” Iguodala told Ben Golliver of The Crossover. “In sports, it’s even harder because you only have a small window for an athletic career. It would be hard to match what Warren Buffett or Steve Jobs at Apple or Microsoft or any of these companies have been doing well for a really long time. And even in those industries, eventually there’s disruption. Look at taxi cabs: that was a huge business until Uber came in.

“For us, we understand that we have a tight window to build a certain type of culture that will attract athletes like DeMarcus Cousins. To where he will say [that joining the Warriors] is his ‘perfect chess move.'”

In other words, Iguodala sees the Warriors as stylistically ideal, and that’s why they can attract the talent they do.

“What we’re doing is playing basketball the right way,” Iguodala added. “We’re attracting a lot of people because they like the way we do things organically. We respect the game.”

As another star put it, competitive balance is not Golden State’s problem. They’ve built an attractive proposition that is bringing in stars and doing everything they can to win as much as they can while they have the opportunity.

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