As the Warriors gathered around for a film session, they did not just marvel at Kevin Durant’s scoring outburst or dissect the team’s high volume of fouls. They also admired Andre Iguodala for seemingly doing everything.
“‘Oh to be 35 again,’” Warriors coach Steve Kerr remembered saying with playful sarcasm.
Not many 35-year-old NBA players can offer dependable secondary scoring, dunk as if they are in their prime or limit an opposing team’s top scorer. But Iguodala does that, even in his 15th NBA season. And after admiring how San Antonio’s Tim Duncan (19 years) and Manu Ginobili (16 years) extended their careers well past their prime, Kerr also senses Iguodala’s expiration date is not looming.
“I think he can play beyond this contract, if he really wants,” Kerr said. “He may not want to be. He may just want to go to the golf course and call it a career. But he can keep playing if he wants.”
The Warriors have more imminent matters to handle first. They have a 2-1 series lead entering Game 4 of their first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday. They hope to win their fourth NBA championship in five years. And then when free agency begins in July, they will concentrate on retaining Durant and Klay Thompson.