Andre Iguodala was recently named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team for the 2013-2014 season. Iguodala became the first Golden State Warriors player to receive this honor since Nate Thurmond in 1971.
On Monday, Iguodala went on KNBR to discuss what this honor means to him, his thoughts on Mark Jackson, and his thoughts on the future of the Warriors.
Iguodala is a true professional, and he seemed very grateful and respectful throughout the whole interview. The one time he showed some emotion though was when he discussed the firing of Coach Jackson.
“We had a really good coach in Mark Jackson,” he said when asked if the Warriors can maintain their defensive prowess now that Jackson is gone.
Iguodala mentioned how he really appreciated Jackson’s coaching style and his emphasis on detail and defense. The Warriors’ defense vastly improved under Jackson’s coaching tenure, and Iguodala thrived in Jackson’s defensive system.
Iguodala also discussed being named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team with Laurence Scott of Warriors TV.
“It’s definitely something I always wanted,” Iguodala said about this honor. “It probably came when I least expected it to.”
Iguodala has consistently proven that he’s one of the best perimeter defenders in the league, but this is his first selection to the All-Defensive First Team.
Coach Jackson was always a major advocate for Iguodala, and even though he’s no longer the Warriors’ head coach, he continues to support Iguodala:
Congrats my guy @andre for making the NBA All Defensive 1st Team!! Well Deserved!!
— Mark Jackson (@MarkJackson13) June 3, 2014
Iguodala credits Coach Jackson for the Warriors’ excellent team defense last season. He was a strong supporter of Jackson, but he thinks the Warriors will be able to keep that defensive DNA that they built under Jackson now that he’s gone.
“It feels good to be a part of an organization who wants to have a winning culture and is dedicated to bringing that culture to this team,” Iguodala said. “I think we’re right there and we’re going to continue to grow.”
Iguodala is a valuable part of this Warriors team and their future as a team. Hopefully for Warriors fans, Iguodala is right and the Warriors will be able to stay an elite defensive team under Steve Kerr.