Andre Iguodala’s subtle contributions offer Warriors glimpse of what’s to come

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Iguodala’s subtle contributions offer glimpse of what’s ahead originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Accomplished veterans Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, like Klay Thompson, were restricted to watching from the bench Tuesday night, putting considerable tonnage on the shoulders of their less experienced teammates.

Who, then, could Jordan Poole, Andrew Wiggins, Otto Porter Jr. and the rest of the crew turn to for guidance in this Warriors-Lakers preseason scrap in Los Angeles?

That’s what old heads are for. And such circumstances explain why Andre Iguodala was summoned back to the roster for what likely will be his final NBA season.

“As soon as he steps on the court, he’s putting guys in position, putting guys where they need to be,” Porter said after a 109-99 victory at Staples Center pushed Golden State’s preseason record to 4-0. “He’s a leader out there. He’s been in this system before and knows how it operates. Just having his presence out there is wonderful for the team.”

In Iguodala’s 23-minute stint, his longest of the preseason, he danced lightly across the stat sheet but also supplied the cool head and steady hand necessary to allow his younger teammates to relax and play. He led a bunch that needed leadership.

There was immense value in his stat line – five assists, three steals, two rebounds, two points – but his presence was priceless.

Iguodala’s performance was precious practice for what will be his game-night routine during the regular season. He’ll come off the bench, keep the kids on point and occasionally join the veterans, reminding them that there remains plenty of game in that 37-year-old body.

“He’s done everything,” Damion Lee said. “Been an All-Star. Obviously won championships. Been a starter. Been a Sixth Man. At this point of his career – I don’t want to say he’s paying it forward – he’s that ultimate vet. Still knows the game, still can play.”

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