A text from Klay gave Iguodala a harsh realization about Dubs originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
With the Denver Nuggets waiting for their NBA Finals opponent and the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat racing to make it happen, the Warriors have been watching from the summer break.
This is a new experience for the dynastic core of the Bay.
In the latest “Point Forward” podcast, Golden State veteran Andre Iguodala revealed when it really hit him that the Warriors are on vacation instead of fighting for a fifth championship in the NBA playoffs.
“I got a text from Klay Thompson,” Iguodala told co-host Evan Turner. “…He said, ‘Hey, are you going to play golf soon?’ I’m like, oh, Klay wants out.
“That’s when I knew he was bored. And then I looked at the time and the date, and I was like, ‘Oh, he doesn’t have the used to not working at this hour.’ That’s where it hit me — oh, that’s different. So, that’s like a slap in the face.
The Warriors have made the playoffs in Iguodala’s eight seasons in the Bay Area. They lost in the first round of the 2014 playoffs but advanced to the NBA Finals in his next six campaigns in the Bay, a streak that lasted until LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers end the Warriors’ 2022-23 season in Game 6 at the Western. Conference semi-finals.
Golden State missed the postseason bracket in 2020 and 2021, but Iguodala was with the Miami Heat and Thompson was busy recovering from a pair of season-ending injuries. They both returned healthy to the Bay last season and were celebrating an NBA championship in San Francisco last summer.
Setting tee times in May is truly a new – and unwelcome – task for four-time champions.
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