Golden State Warriors

Andre Iguodala: 'I Hate TV Games, TV Games Can Play Tricks on You'

Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala looks on against the Denver Nuggets in the fourth quarter of the Warriors' 89-81 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
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Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2014

Golden State Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala is one of those players you need to watch to fully appreciate.

The only problem is he's not so keen about being watched.

Actually, it's not himself that he's worried about. He said the bright lights of the national TV spotlight can do some dangerous things to his team's chemistry, via Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:

I hate (national) TV games. TV games can play tricks on you. You want to play at a high level every night, but you can kind of see how some guys may get up a little bit more for TV games, and that might mess with the flow. Guys want to show the world what they can do, and it should be more than that.

If that's the case, Iguodala might have arrived in the Bay Area far later than he wanted.

This is not a franchise that's historically been a mainstay on national TV. The combination of both a decade-plus playoff drought and a decade-plus All-Star drought pretty well sapped the organization's broad appeal.

But these Warriors are different. They're unique, exciting and potentially really good. They're an easy sell to a broad audience.

The Splash Brothers (Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson) can and will rain down shots from anywhere. David Lee can churn out 20-point, 10-rebound efforts on command. Andrew Bogut has added a delightful brand of nasty to the mix. Iguodala makes the kind of plays you cannot believe even as you're watching them unfold.

The broadcasters have taken note. The Dubs have three more nationally televised games before the end of the month and another 10 on the schedule after that.

That doesn't have to be a bad thing. Not as long as everyone stays on the same page.

"You should want to play well as a unit on national TV," Iguodala said, per Simmons. "When you have young guys, guys might shoot a couple of extra shots that they normally don’t shoot, so TV games are dangerous. They can be trick games."

By making his opinions known, Iguodala is trying to stay ahead of any potential hurdles. He's sending a message to his team without any obvious targets feeling the heat of his words.

"It's a masterful bit of inference and implication, a warning that doesn't really blame anyone for specific mistakes," Eric Freeman of Yahoo! Sports noted. "When people praise veterans for keeping the locker room in check, they're referring to these kinds of statements."

Because that's just the type of player that Iguodala is. Chalk this up as another valuable contribution he's bringing to his new franchise that you won't be able to find on the stat sheet.

 

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