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Andre Iguodala hilariously checks Jonathan Kuminga after Warriors return

Andre Iguodala wasted no time on his leadership duties after announcing his return to the Warriors for his 19th NBA season.

Shortly after the big announcement, Jonathan Kuminga congratulated the veteran ahead and welcomed him back to the team to be reined in by Iguodala with a friendly reminder.

“I’m looking forward to playing, but I’m on Kuminga, I’m on Moses Moody and I’m on the young guys,” Iguodala said on his “Point Forward” podcast on Friday. “And I let them know, ‘Listen, if I get on this field, you’re doing something wrong. You shouldn’t let me get on the field in any way.’

“And that’s just something that I give to those guys and make sure that when I walk away, everything is settled.”

classic. And Iguodala is not playing.

Last season, Kuminga, then a rookie, was put in a situation where he could watch closely and learn how to be a pro from the experienced players around him.

And while Kuminga said every veteran player was a mentor to him, the 19-year-old admitted Iguodala played an important role in his development last season. Iguodala even revealed that when Kuminga struggled last season, the latter often came to the former for advice.

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Iguodala, 38, is the most experienced Warriors player on the roster, winning four championships and one Finals MVP over the course of his nearly 20-year career.

His unique contributions last year exceeded his stats, helping the team to their fourth title in eight seasons.

The team, especially the young boys, consistently praised Iguodala’s guidance and mentorship, which helped them improve and learn how to become champions.

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr complimented the style of how Iguodala advises the team with humor and sarcasm “in a way only Andre can.”

And while Iguodala said he doesn’t want to be part of the ‘player-coach’ role, it’s clear that the players respect him and listen to him as a coach.

Iguodala now officially returns to Golden State, where his value from the sidelines will be just as powerful as his value on the floor – in true Iguodala fashion, of course.

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