Warriors forward Andre Iguodala makes his season debut against Magic

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala makes his season debut against Magic

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Golden State Warriors winger Andre Iguodala will make his debut of the 2022-23 season at home against the Orlando Magic this Saturday, according to the 19-year veteran himself on his Point Forward podcast.

“We’ve got 24 hours until I step onto the pitch, man. Yes, it is possible,” said Iguodala on Friday. “You know, when you officially announce it on Point Forward, you hope the fanbase gets excited. I’m a bit nervous, but actually I’m excited too.”

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“I try to play calm, cool and collected all the time, but I’m looking forward to arriving on the pitch,” added Iguodala. “Finally it happened. Many people have asked; Patience is a virtue. And now we are here.”

Last season, the 2015 NBA Finals MVP averaged 4.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game in 31 games off the bench. He also shot 38% from the floor and 75% from the foul line. Iguodala missed 31 games from January to April due to back pain.

Veteran Warriors forward Andre Iguodala will make his season debut at home against the Magic on Saturday

Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked about Iguodala’s return on Friday. The soon to be 39-year-old will be under a minute limit on Saturday. Kerr said he is still figuring out the veteran’s availability for the team’s upcoming games.

Before Saturday’s matchup against Orlando, the Warriors are 20-19 and ninth overall in the Western Conference rankings. They remain 5.5 games behind the top seeded Denver Nuggets.

Also, Stephen Curry (shoulder) is out indefinitely. Curry’s left shoulder subluxation is set to be re-evaluated ahead of tomorrow’s game.

Steve Kerr says Iguodala will be under a minute limit tomorrow, but what that will look like is yet to be determined. Kerr says they’re also still figuring out what his availability will be as he progresses in back-to-backs etc.

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Iguodala (hip) and Andrew Wiggins (illness) are listed as likely. JaMychal Green (leg), James Wiseman (ankle) and Jonathan Kuminga (foot) are also out indefinitely.

Jonathan Isaac (knee) and Chuma Okeke (knee) stay out for Magic’s injury report. Mortiz Wagner (suspended) has been upgraded to Likely. Finally bol bol (quarantine) is over.

Orlando is without a win away from the Warriors in their last nine games. Not to mention the Magic have been 4-16 in their last 20 games. They are 5-5 in their last 10 competitions.

Golden State lost 122-119 to the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday. This loss ended the team’s five-game winning streak. It was Detroit’s first straight win for the Warriors since the 2008-09 season.

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