Andre Iguodala and the Golden State Warriors will now get a heavier dose of LeBron James with his move to the West Coast after signing a four-year, $154 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Instead of seeing James and company two times before the postseason, Iguodala and teammate Kevin Durant will get a double dose of The King, as a new member of the Western Conference.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m going to see him a whole lot more than I would like to, but actually, you prefer to play against the best competition,” said Iguodala in an interview with CNBC.
Iguodala is also hoping he can push Durant to even greater heights than James this season, coming off two Finals MVP awards and two championships in two years with the Warriors.
“So at this point, he’s arguably the best player in the world,” Iguodala said of James. “Kevin Durant is right there, I’m going to keep pushing Kevin to finally take him over this season. He’s doing some great things in the community. He’s representing not just himself, not just his team, but the entire NBA in the endeavors he has off the court.”
Durant has been toeing the line as the NBA’s best player, having been called the most dominant in the last two NBA Finals and validated with two Finals MVP honors in the past two postseasons. The two star small forwards have duked it out over the years, but it’s only been apparently close until the last two trips to The Finals, displaying Durant’s full offensive arsenal.
The Maryland native put up a decent 26.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game last season, but stepped it up majorly during a four-game NBA Finals sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers, putting up 28.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 2.3 blocks per game.
Much like James, Durant has been outspoken about his political views and recently won the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award in July for his contributions to the community.