He did, however, express regret that the comments became a distraction for his team and cast a negative light on his relationship with Coach Steve Kerr, a fellow University of Arizona product.
“It probably was the wrong time to express myself,” Iguodala said during an interview session with reporters at the team’s Oakland practice facility, shortly before the NBA announced the fine. “We all have our own opinions. We all have our own feelings. I feel like we’re entitled to them. We just try to pick and choose the time to do it and who you share it with, because some may not understand where you’re coming from, which is to be expected.
“I feel like it’s the wrong time because it puts my team in the situation and my coaching staff in that situation. I have a great relationship with Steve Kerr, and he knows that. He spoke to you guys about it.”
Iguodala is fond of stirring the pot with the media, something Kerr himself alluded to Saturday in San Antonio when first asked about the comments. He said he’d spoken to Iguodala about it since then, but said he had no issue with what Iguodala said and understood it had nothing to do with him.
“He wasn’t talking about me,” Kerr said. “I wasn’t the slightest bit offended. As I mentioned the other night, he has a very cryptic sense of humor. The only thing I’d say, there’s certain humorous things you should say in the sanctity of the locker room and there’s certain humorous things you might want to keep from the media. That was one of them and he knows that.”
The 33-year-old forward has had a decorated career, winning Finals MVP as he helped the Warriors win the 2015 NBA title, making the 2012 all-star team and winning a gold medal with Team USA at the London Olympics.
He’s also proven throughout his career to be a provocative and outspoken person, one who has no trouble pushing the boundaries in conversation both on and off the record. In this instance, he may have gone too far in the eyes of some, as his comments have drawn criticism from several quarters – including from the league office, which issued Monday’s fine for “making inappropriate comments during a postgame media interview.”
It still is unclear who – if anyone – Iguodala was actually referring to. When asked point-blank about it Monday, he gave a meandering answer that didn’t answer the question.
He was much clearer, however, about how he felt when asked what he would say to anyone who was offended by what he said.
“I talked about that with my wife as far as what the word offends means, because I think I offended someone when I went to the golf course yesterday. You know what I mean?” Iguodala said. “Because I took a rest, rested the last game in San Antonio and I feel like someone is offended that I went to play golf.
“We kind of live in a world right now that our team is so much in a spotlight and such a microscope on us as players that any move can offend someone. So you can’t live life not trying to offend someone.”