Andre Iguodala says he will take on a different approach during his 19th season in the NBA in order to remain healthy and available when it matter most.
The 38-year-old forward revealed that last year he was in a great shape early on, but his body couldn’t handle the workload in the long run and he was hit with health issues.
To avoid that this year Iguodala says that he till take his time and will focus on getting in his best shape late in the season when the most important games are played.
“I started off so fast out the gate (last season),” Iguodala said. “I was really good. … I remember one practice, Draymond (Green) was like, ‘Andre Iguodala is picking us apart. What the hell’s going on?’ I had some really strong days early on. Then I had major setbacks because you’re logging in a larger load on the body, and it’s just not recovering as fast. … It just started to compound on top of each other. Once you get there, it takes that to get a bulging disc, or the knee swells up and you got to get it drained four or five times — and each time you get it drained it takes longer to get back. And then things you just can’t predict. Now, we kind of have a better plan, like, ‘What’s the most important part of the season?’ and then taking it slower.”
Last season Iguodala averaged 4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 19.5 minutes over 31 games for Golden State.