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Andre Iguodala's Golden State Warriors' stint earns him Miami Heat's high respect


Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra has credited Andre Iguodala as being a good example to his new team, considering that he was part of the Golden State Warriors’ five consecutive finals appearance and having won three of those championship run.

According to Spoelstra, it is Iguodala’s experience with the Golden State Warriors that is earning him the respect of practically everybody in Miami Heat despite having played only 14 games with them so far before the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic suspended pretty much everything including the NBA games.

The Warriors made up for not having been in the finals since 1975 by not only making it to the 2014-2015 Finals but also by going ahead and winning the NBA title. Then they repeated that four times more, winning the titles in 2017 and 2018.

And, in that first return in 2015 of the Golden State to the Finals since the 70s, Iguodala was named as the Finals Most Valuable Player.

Last February, Andre Iguodala was traded by the Warriors to the Miami Heat. And, while his former team is not one of the 22 teams who will be part of the NBA 2019-2020 resumption, his new team, the Miami Heat, is currently training hard at the NBA bubble at the Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

Spoelstra said that Iguodala's veteran presence is very good, especially for the young players, as they would see what a winner looks like, how he carries himself with class, and how he radiates experience. Someone who is not only a winner but who stays curious and continues to grow even when he has played in the league for 17 years already.

Iguodala will be one of the key players alongside Jimmy Butler when Miami Heat pushes for the Playoffs at the NBA bubble.

Interestingly, Iguodala himself has nothing but respect for Butler, whom he said that, like his former teammate Stephen Curry, was not seen as having that superstar quality, but both have overcome that and became better versions of themselves.

Having been passed up by the best teams in the NBA during drafting, Butler and Curry had shrugged that off by becoming one of the bests in the league and being named into the NBA All-Star and All-NBA selections.

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