On Wednesday night, the biggest names in sports gathered at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood for the 2022 ESPYs.
Hosted by four-time NBA champion Steph Curry, ESPN’s annual awards show featured highlight moment after highlight moment, especially for the Golden State Warriors.
Curry won honors for best NBA player and best record-breaking performance, while Klay Thompson bagged the best comeback player award. And the cherry on top was the Golden State Warriors taking home the award for best team.
But the true highlight moment came from Andre Iguodala. During the Warriors’ acceptance speech, Iguodala took the opportunity to shout out his podcast, Point Forward, before giving a hilarious apology to Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob.
“I just came up here to promote my podcast Point Forward… We just got Joe Lacob fined $500k. I’m sorry, Joe.”
– Andre Iguodala 💀😂😂
— 95.7 The Game (@957thegame) July 21, 2022
Iguodala’s Point Forward podcast, which is co-hosted by former NBA player Evan Turner, covers everything from basketball to business. On the latest episode from this week, Warriors’ owner Joe Lacob joined the two for a sitdown conversation.
*Joe Lacob talking that 🌶 talk!*
— Point Forward (@pointforward) July 15, 2022
At one point in the episode, the topic turns to the Warriors’ $340+ million payroll from last season. It’s a total that included a record $170 million in luxury tax. The luxury tax itself is nothing new to the NBA. Teams are taxed for spending over a threshold in player salaries.
However, teams pay more as they go further past the threshold and that’s where Lacob has a problem. He goes on to describe the NBA’s luxury tax as a “very unfair system” and even calls it an “incredible penal luxury tax.”
ESPN Sources: The NBA has fined Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob $500,000 for his recent comments on the Point Forward Podcast discussing the league’s collective bargaining talks, which included Lacob describing the league’s luxury tax system as “very unfair.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 21, 2022
Well, the NBA saw Lacob’s comments and wasn’t too happy about it. The league fined him a whopping $500K, leading to the apology from Andre Iguodala at the ESPYs. And given the number of rings that Iggy has helped bring the Warriors’ organization, Lacob should have an easy time accepting the apology.