When you are a team that draws eyeballs — like the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry — you end up on national television broadcasts a lot. For Golden State, it’s 17 times this season — that’s more than 20 percent of their games. And that’s fewer than the Heat, Lakers (despite their play), Thunder and others.
Andre Iguodala hates those nationally televised games.
Yes, hates. His word, not mine.
The Warriors were on national television again this past Monday night (a loss to the Pacers) and Iguodala told the San Francisco in no uncertain terms what he thinks of those games (hat tip to SLAM):
“I hate (national) TV games,” the Warriors’ starting small forward said after Monday’s shootaround. “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.
“You should want to play well as a unit on national TV. 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.”
Maybe that’s why Gregg Popovich benches Tim Duncan and Tony Parker for national television games, so they don’t blow the team’s flow. (Read that sentence to yourself again, this time in a sarcastic voice.)
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Iguodala’s point is a valid one, particularly on a younger team like the Warriors where guys are trying to carve out their space in the NBA. Those guys know they will get paid big money with their next contracts and want to make sure those paydays are coming. That can mess with the flow of the game.
That said, his comment might raise a few eyebrows in the Warriors’ locker room. This is one of the locker rooms with the best chemistry in the Association, and Iguodala is a leader there so he can get away with it, but this is interesting.
The good news is with 17 nationally televised Warriors games this season they should be plenty used to it by the time the playoffs roll around (when every game ends up broadcast nationally).