Loved this article from ESPN on NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala. The piece not only does a good job detailing the impact Iguodala had on the series, but explaining his evolution as a player throughout his career. It wasn’t until the last several years that Iguodala’s coaches/management have understood what he wasn’t (an athletic go-to scorer at the wing position) and embraced what he was (an elite wing defender who could be a secondary option offensively as a slasher).
“For us, it’s really fitting that the award went to Andre because he sacrificed his starting role from the first game of the season,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He had never come off the bench once in his entire career, and he sacrificed that job to make Harrison [Barnes] better, to make our bench better, and that set the tone for our whole season. An All-Star, an Olympian saying, ‘OK, I’ll come off the bench.’
“It set the tone for everything we were able to accomplish, so it feels like full circle to me that Andre received the award. Couldn’t happen to a better person.”
"The one thing I learned playing this game, it comes to those put in the work, who do it the right way." -Andre Iguodala
— Zak Boisvert (@ZakBoisvert) March 18, 2014