Dell and Sonya Curry, the parents of Stephen and Seth Curry, spoke with NBC Sports Northwest for a Wednesday segment about their thoughts on Stephen getting drafted by the Golden State Warriors in 2009.
It’s no secret, they weren’t happy about it.
H wanted Stephen to go to a team he believed was a better basketball fit.
“I remember Don Nelson calling me, said ‘hey, what’s your feelings toward drafting your son?’ I said ‘don’t,’” Dell recounted. “‘You ask me the question and I’m gonna tell you the truth. Don’t.’”
“I don’t know where Golden State is…” – Sonya Curry
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Warriors took Curry 1 pick before Knicks.
Unfortunately for the Knicks, they lost their guy.
When the Warriors grabbed him one pick prior to the Knicks pick, Stephen couldn’t hide his frustration as he shook his head in disappointment while shaking David Stern’s hand on stage.
Dell explained to the New York Times in 2014 why the Currys wanted Stephen to end up in New York.
“The Warriors had some questionable characters on their team, the Knicks really needed a point guard, and we felt that Stephen would fit perfectly with a coach like Mike D’Antoni, playing that fast, up-and-down style,” Dell said. “He loved the idea of playing at Madison Square Garden.”
It was a decision that would impact the direction of two NBA franchises.
The Knicks would go on to select Jordan Hill, who played a grand total of 24 games in New York before they shipped him to the Houston Rockets in a deal that would catalyze his career as a journeyman.
Another blow to Knicks fans.
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