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Warriors News: Joe Lacob Talks Retiring Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala Jerseys

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2019

Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) and forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)
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Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob discussed the possibility of retiring the jersey numbers of Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala on Tuesday.

Appearing on The TK Show with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic (h/t Alex Didion of NBC Sports Bay Area), Lacob reiterated his previous stance that no player will wear Durant's No. 35 while he is the owner and added: "The intention is to retire his number, but we specifically said it that way, for now. Because he's still playing, it's kind of inappropriate to some extent to say you're gonna retire his number when he's still playing in the league, but that's the intention."

Lacob was also asked about Iguodala's No. 9, but his answer was a bit less clear: "We always wanna be gracious. I've said all along, he and any player like Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, whoever it is, a free agent, it's their choice. They earned it. They have the right to make the choice they want to make."

During the offseason, Durant left Golden State after three seasons to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, while Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in a move meant to clear salary-cap space.

While Durant's stint with the Warriors was relatively short, he made a massive impact. KD helped lead Golden State to three consecutive NBA Finals, and he was named the NBA Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018 when he outdueled LeBron James and helped the Dubs beat the Cleveland Cavaliers for NBA championships in consecutive years.

During his three-year stint, Durant averaged 25.8 points per game during the regular season and 29.6 points per game during the playoffs.

Iguodala spent parts of six seasons with the Warriors. He reached the playoffs in each of his six campaigns with Golden State and made it to the NBA Finals in five of them.

When the Warriors beat the Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals to win their first championship since 1975, Iguodala was named Finals MVP due largely to the remarkable defense he played against James.

Iguodala was more of a role player in his final years with the Warriors, and averaged just 5.7 points per game last season, but he could do it all at both ends of the floor and provided the team with invaluable veteran experience and leadership.

With Durant and Iguodala gone, and All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson recovering from a torn ACL, the Warriors' dominant reign over the Western Conference may end this season.

Golden State still has perennial All-Stars in Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, and it acquired a rising star in guard D'Angelo Russell, but the rest of the Western Conference has gotten stronger with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers emerging as title contenders.

It may be quite some time before the Warriors win another championship, and it may be even longer before a single team dominates the way Golden State did, which is why Durant, Iguodala and the other key contributors to the dynasty deserve to be celebrated.