Andre Iguodala Fined $10,000 for Inappropriate Postgame Comments

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2017

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (left) and  Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) stand together in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)
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The NBA has fined Golden State Warriors forward Andre Iguodala $10,000 for postgame comments the league deemed inappropriate, according to Marc J. Spears of ESPN.

Following last Friday's loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, Iguodala was asked if he knew he'd be sitting out Saturday's game versus the San Antonio Spurs along with Stephen CurryKlay Thompson and Draymond Green.

"Nope, no clue," Iguodala replied, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. "I do what master say."

The remarks appeared to be a shot at head coach Steve Kerr, though Iguodala later clarified it was simply an inside joke in the locker room.

According to Haynes, Iguodala also used the N-word repeatedly in his postgame comments.

"We gotta score more than the other team," Iguodala said regarding the team's second straight loss at the time. "Yep, they want dumb n---as, so I'm going to give y'all a dumb n---a."

Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News provided further clarification from Iguodala: 

For his part, Kerr didn't seem to be bothered by the comments.

"Andre is one of those guys who likes to stir the pot and has a lot of cryptic messaging at times," Kerr said, per Haynes. "[He] jokes around. I didn't take anything from it. It's just Andre being Andre."

Kerr added:

Like I said, Andre is extremely intelligent. He sees a lot of the hypocrisy in the world. He expresses his displeasure in strange ways at times. So he said what he said. I don't think it meant a whole lot. I guess he has to answer that question, what he meant by that. I wasn't offended by anything he said personally, but he chose some words that were questionable and he's got to respond to that.

It's unclear if the league fined Iguodala solely for his flippant remark about Kerr or for the totality of his remarks Friday evening. 

What's more clear is that the Warriors, as a team, are dealing with plenty of frustration at the moment. The Warriors have now lost three games in a row and five of their last seven, and have struggled mightily in the absence of superstar Kevin Durant

In that time, they went from having a comfortable lead over the Spurs in the race for the Western Conference's top overall seed to holding just a half-game advantage.

Failing to earn the top seed in this year's playoffs likely means a matchup with James Harden and the Houston Rockets in the second round, one of the few teams that could feasibly give the Warriors fits given their perimeter shooting and high-powered offense. And if Durant hasn't returned to the lineup by that time, the Warriors would be vulnerable in such a matchup.

So it isn't hard to see why frustrations may be boiling to the surface in Golden State. In the span of a few weeks, it went from a carefree campaign to a rather stressful regular-season home stretch.

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