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Iguodala to Kimmel about Kerr: We have similar background with Olson as college coach



Andre Iguodala brought his championship hardware on to Jimmy Kimmel's set last night (YouTube video)

Andre Iguodala brought his championship hardware on to Jimmy Kimmel’s set last night (YouTube video)

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One missed opportunity from last night’s appearance by Andre Iguodala on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show was a comparison how Sean Miller and Jimmy Kimmel look alike, but I digress …

Iguodala mentioned Lute Olson in one comment after Kimmel asked him who informed him that he would start Game 4 of the NBA Finals after coming off the bench the entire season previously. Iguodala went on to put the clamps on Cleveland’s LeBron James and excelled offensively to earn the NBA Finals MVP in Golden State’s world championship.

“Yes, Steve Kerr told me that (about the starting role),” Iguodala said of the Golden State coach and former Arizona Wildcats star.

Andre Iguodala when he played at Arizona from 2002-04

Andre Iguodala when he played at Arizona from 2002-04

“We’re you happy or did you think, ‘We’ve done so well to this point, why would you mess with it?'” Kimmel asked.

“Well, the evil in me was thinking, ‘No, you made this decision to bring me off the bench, I’m staying on the bench,'” Iguodala said, drawing laughs from the crowd. “But we come from the same background. Coach Lute Olson was our college coach, so we have similar basketball terminology, the things you should do on the court.

“So I understood his vision. I knew what he was trying to do the whole year, so it worked out.”

Iguodala joked that he made a promise to Kerr that if Golden State did not win the championship with him coming off the bench, “I was going to kick his ass.”

Kerr in turn promised that he would get Iguodala and Stephen Curry into Augusta National to play golf.

Have fun at Augusta, Andre.


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Jimmy Kimmel with another champion from Arizona, Rob Gronkowski


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