Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob has confirmed the franchise will retire the no. 9 jersey of Andre Iguodala, with the 19-year veteran having officially announced his retirement on Friday.
After joining the Warriors ahead of the 2013-14 season, Iguodala played a major role in revolutionizing the franchise with five-straight Finals appearances during a six-year period that included three NBA championships.
Andre Iguodala is one of at least four modern Golden State Warriors legends expected to have their jerseys raised in the rafters at Chase Center.
Following a stint with the Miami Heat where he made it back to the NBA Finals again in 2020, Iguodala rejoined Golden State for two more seasons that included a fourth championship in 2022.
Unfortunately, his final season didn’t go according to plan. After considering retirement at a similar point last year, Iguodala signed on but managed just eight games including none after a wrist injury sustained against the Phoenix Suns in March.
The 39-year-old is sure to be remembered as one of the franchise’s best and most impactful players in history, with his crowning moment coming when he won the 2015 NBA Finals MVP in the Warriors historic first championship in 40 years.
In a statement on Friday, Lacob confirmed that Iguodala would be immortalized with no player to wear his no. 9 jersey at the Warriors again.
"“His team-first approach, which we witnessed immediately upon his arrival in Golden State, helped set the tone for much of our success, as did the impact he had on the defensive end of the floor. We look forward to raising #9 to the rafters in Chase Center at some point in the future,” Lacob said."
Head coach Steve Kerr labelled Iguodala “just an absolute winner” and added that “I was lucky to coach him.” There will a plethora of appreciation to come over the next few hours, days, weeks and months, including from long-time teammates Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green who will have their jersey’s retired alongside Iguodala’s at some point in the future.
Iguodala has already built an extensive portfolio off the floor, with success certain to continue after an NBA career that left an indelible legacy particularly at the Warriors.