Warriors Andre Iguodala Iguodala says the boos were the media’s fault

Golden State Warriors small forward Andre Iguodala was booed as he came on in last night’s 123-95 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in the first quarter at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee.

He was booed when he got up to hit a three-pointer.

If you ask virtually any Memphis Grizzlies fan why they got booed, they’ll point out the fact that despite being traded for the three-time NBA champion in 2019 – a move that helped the Warriors free up space to acquire All-Star guard D” Angelo Russell and also should have helped a young core from Memphis – Iguodala never played a single minute for the Grizzlies franchise (despite being a member for seven months! He was eventually traded to the Miami Heat in February 2020. Iguodala told The Athletic after the trade that he never explicitly said he didn’t want to play for the Grizzlies, but that the decision for him to sit out the entire season before a trade was a “mutual agreement” with Memphis. So he wanted to play for them, but also by mutual agreement do not play for them. I get it.

If, however, you ask Iguodala why he was booed on Monday night, he has a decidedly different answer.

“It’s the second time I’ve played here,” Iguodala said after Monday’s loss at Memphis. “I think that’s part of how sports and fans have become. They’re more into games with their emotions and their feelings and obviously the narrative that can be driven, especially of those who are wealthy who control the media and are in a position of ownership. They can sort of control the narrative of how it happens there. I understand that the true story isn’t always going to come out there. You deal with it and move on .

Wow. OK.

Iguodala didn’t share the “true story” on Monday night and hasn’t offered it in three years since he was traded. He apparently never told this “true story” to his former teammates. Memphis All-Star Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks were both candid about how Iguodala handled his time in Memphis. Here’s Dillon Brooks on Feb. 3, 2020, days before the Iguodala trade (and seven months into his tenure with Memphis): “I feel like he’s doing the right thing for his career , but we really don’t care. It’s not a distraction at all. I laugh at that kind of stuff. A guy who’s on our team and doesn’t want to be on our team. I can’t wait until ’til we find a way to trade him so we can play him and show him what Memphis is really about.”

Ja Morant shared the final sentence from Brooks’ quote on Twitter the same day:

Brooks piled on Iguodala again on Monday after the Warriors beating.

“We all had a vision and he didn’t, which is perfect. Send him back to the Warriors and let him do his thing there,” Brooks said. “But from the beginning we developed a base and we kept building and building and building and more guys got on the bandwagon.”

Iguodala fired Brooks and Morant in 2020, calling their comments “millennials.” (Brooks and Morant are both technically Gen Zers, if you use the 1996 Pew Research Center deadline.)

“I understand the generation that we are, and the new millennials that we are dealing with, and how social media comes into play and how someone can feed (ideas) to a young man and it (grows up),” a- he declared.

The “ideas” or “narrative” that was passed on to Brooks and Morant in this case appears to be that Iguodala asked for a buyout (Iguodala wouldn’t deny it when asked about it in 2020, but every insider of the NBA in all the major media said we were discussing it!), didn’t want to play for the Grizzlies (he had mutually agreed not to play for them!) and wanted to go see a competitor (which he did, and he made the NBA Finals with that same contender, the Miami Heat, as a result!).

If you want the “true story” you’ll have to ask anyone other than 1. “Millennials”, 2. Ja Morant or Dillon Brooks, 3. NBA insiders, 4. Fans of the Grizzlies, 5. “Those who are rich who control the media”, or 6. The owners of the NBA. Godspeed, seekers of truth.