When asked if he knew why Steve Kerr was going to rest most of his starters against the Spurs, Andre Iguodala said:
“Nope, no clue. I do what master say.”
Seconds later he was asked about what led to the Warriors’ loss to the Timberwolves that night.
“We gotta score more than the other team. Yep, they want dumb n—as, so I’m going to give y’all a dumb n—a.”
Iguodala is a very smart guy, he knew he was creating a controversy that would explode on social media (and it became a topic of broadcast discussion before and during the nationally televised game against the Spurs’ Saturday).
Monday, the NBA came down on Iguodala with a $10,000 fine for “making inappropriate comments during a postgame media interview.”
Steve Kerr and some in the Warriors media said this was just “Andre being Andre,” playing with the media. However, Iguodala has a long history of passive aggressive comments, or things hinting at a larger point. Was Iguodala making a larger point about the NBA’s ridiculous stretches of scheduling? Or was he just string the pot because he could?
Whatever the answer, hopefully, it was worth 10K to him.