Stephen Curry said that in the 2009 NBA draft he was hoping to be drafted by the New York Knicks and not the Golden State Warriors.
With the Warriors Curry was named twice MVP, won three NBA titles and reached five straight NBA finals.
Per ESPN, “I wanted to go to New York and thought I was going to New York,” Curry said on Showtime’s “All the Smoke” podcast. “At the draft in the green room, I was like, ‘Oh, get to the eight spot and New York can get me.’
“And then I got the call from [former Warriors GM] Larry Riley, like ‘We’re going to pick you in the seventh spot.’”
Curry, 31, who is recovering from a broken hand, now says he never wants to leave the Warriors. “I don’t want to move anywhere,” he told hosts Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson. “I love the Bay.”
With the No. 8 pick in 2009, the Knicks took forward Jordan Hill, who was traded to the Houston Rockets after 24 games in a deal that brought Tracy McGrady to New York.