MY OPERATING SYSTEM BASKETBALL PLAYER, AUTHOR ANDRE IGUODALA
The NBA star, tech investor, and author of The Sixth Man takes our career questionnaire.
What is your best habit,
and what is your worst?
My best is that I check up on people. On a human level, I’m always
asking, “How you doing?” My
worst is that I’m too forgiving.
If someone crosses me, I’ll keep
them at a distance, but I still
keep in touch with them.
Do you have a work uniform
or wardrobe staple?
I like all black, but I like to liven
it up with some color. I always
wear a blazer. I’ll keep it trendy
with the pants. I like Ralph
Lauren Purple Label and Good
Counsel, which I invested in.
That brand is going to blow up.
How do you unplug?
Meditation. I use Headspace—it
teaches you how to meditate.
Sometimes I do it with my son.
What’s your favorite object
in your office?
A friend of mine gave me this
personalized stamper that I use
to stamp book covers when I’ve
read them. It leaves an imprint
like the Pulitzer Prize medallion
that says my name on it.
Is there a business buzz-
word you never want to
I hate it when everyone says
“this is ‘the Uber of’ this” when
they’re describing a company.
Who is the businessperson
you most admire?
Jeff Jordan at Andreessen
Horowitz—he helped me get into
the tech world. He was the CEO of
Open Table and is savvy in business. He’s also really humble.
What’s the advice you’re
glad you ignored?
I had a coach who said, “Get
your money.” He told me to stop
passing the ball and to take
shots instead, so I would get paid
more. I know he was looking out
for me, but I didn’t do that—I’m a
team player; I pass a lot.
Did you have a career fork in
I come from a small town
[Springfield, Illinois], and no
one knew who I was. I thought I
would go to college and become
a math teacher. I remember joking around in practice and my
coach was like, “You know there
are NBA scouts here,” and I said,
“What does that have to do with
me?” He said, “Well, who do you
think they’re here to see?”
Is there a TV show you are
I like Grown-ish. I didn’t think
the show would be for me, but
it’s good. I’m a big fan of Yara
Shahidi. I like Black-ish, too. And
What’s your get-pumped
“We Gon’ Be Alright,” by Ken-drick Lamar. It’s from one of
my favorite albums of all time.
If I could write a song, I hope it
would come out like that.
What do you send to
What’s your favorite form
Golf. But yoga is better for me.
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They show how things
are made; they show
a lot of prototypes.
I love playing golf
and this is a great
golf Twitter account.
If I was tweeting
like I wanted to tweet,
this would be me.
I read the Journal
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