39-Year-Old Iguodala Officially Retires from NBA and Launches $200 Million Venture Capital Fund

2023-10-20 13:09:00

Original title: 39-year-old Iguodala announced his official retirement: The Warriors, who managed a 200 million venture capital fund, had hoped for his return.

On October 20th, Beijing time, after playing in the NBA for 19 seasons and winning 4 championships, the 39-year-old Iguodala was finally ready to end his career. He told the New York Times that he will officially retire from the NBA and enter the next stage of his life as an investor in new startups.

The New York Times wrote: “Iguodala will manage Mosaic Fund, a $200 million venture capital fund he just raised with his long-time business partner Rudy Klein-Thomas.

Iguodala strongly stated last offseason that the 2022-23 season will be his last game. The 39-year-old revealed on the Evan Turner Podcast in September 2022 that he was close to retiring, but a call from Curry convinced him to come back for a 19th NBA season.

Iguodala said at the time: “(Steph) said, ‘No, we need you to come back for one more season,’ and I said, ‘I’m going to let you know right now, Steph, this is the last season.'”

Iguodala signed a one-year contract with the Warriors, but hip and wrist injuries limited him to eight games. His last appearance was a 123-112 victory over the Suns on March 14.

At the end of last season, there was speculation that Iguodala might not be ready to leave basketball. Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. said in an interview in August that he would leave the door open if Iguodala wanted to return, but he did not expect that to happen.

“My feeling was Andre probably had other things to do,” Dunleavy said, “but he had my number. The phone was always on.”

Iguodala was drafted by the 76ers with the ninth overall pick in 2004 and spent the first eight years of his career in Philadelphia. He averaged 15.3 points, 4.9 assists and 5.8 rebounds per game with the 76ers. In August 2012, Iguodala was traded to the Denver Nuggets. After one year in Denver, he signed with the Warriors as a free agent. In Iguodala’s second season with the Warriors, the Warriors began their dynasty journey. They defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2015 NBA Finals to win their first championship in 40 years.

Iguodala averaged 16.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, became LeBron James’s main defender, and was named the Finals MVP. As a member of the Warriors, he won three more championships.

Iguodala has played a total of 1,231 regular season games in his career. He averaged 11.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. He ranks 10th in Sixers history with 9,422 points.Return to Sohu to see more

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