A few years ago, the idea of the Golden State Warriors appearing on national TV more than five times in a season would have been laughable.
Perhaps there was the occasional matchup against a top-tier team that forced the networks to broadcast the Warriors, but otherwise, there was no reason to give perennial bottom-dwellers such as the Warriors any airtime across the nation.
That all changed after last season, when the Warriors became the so-called “media darlings” of the nation, going on an impressive playoff run while playing an exciting brand of basketball that fans wanted to see. In fact, Grantland called the Warriors the best team to watch on League Pass.
Last year’s postseason run combined with a plethora of media hype in the offseason landed the Warriors 17 games on national television this season, more than double than during 2012-2013 season.
And, Andre Iguodala, the Warriors’ most prized newcomer, hates it.
“I hate (national) TV games,” Iguodala told Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “TV games can play tricks on you. You want to play at a high level every night, but you can kind of see how some guys may get up a little bit more for TV games, and that might mess with the flow. Guys want to show the world what they can do, and it should be more than that.
“You should want to play well as a unit on national TV. When you have young guys, guys might shoot a couple of extra shots that they normally don’t shoot, so TV games are dangerous. They can be trick games.”
Thus far, the Warriors are 3-6 in national TV games this season. Tonight’s game against the Pacers will be broadcast nationally on TNT, and Friday night’s game against the Timberwolves will be shown on NBATV.