It’s been a busy offseason for this year’s NBA finals MVP – but he found a way home to share some knowledge with those following in his footsteps. Springfield native Andre Iguodala also praised his early coaches for whipping him into shape and preparing him for college. For years he’s been ensuring Springfield kids have the same opportunities he did through a yearly summer basketball program, which Iguodala says he’s happy to provide.
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“A lot of these kids, they enjoy the game like I enjoyed the game at a young age,” he says. “They really look up to me, I don’t look at it that way sometimes, but that’s just the reality of it. Anything I can give them, any knowledge I can give them that will help them reach whatever goal they have, I’m just more than happy to do it.” Iguodala also set up a fund in 2006 following the Springfield tornadoes. City officials praised him for never forgetting his roots – highway signs coming into Springfield will soon proclaim the city as the home of the 2015 NBA Finals MVP.