Warriors news: Bob Myers says he never heard Stephen Curry say he didn’t want to be a Warrior
The Golden State Warriors were lucky when guard Stephen Curry fell to them with the seventh pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after the Memphis Grizzlies selected Hasheem Thabeet and the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Curry ahead of the skinny Davidson guard.
In an interview with the SF Gate, Golden State’s general manager Bob Myers discussed his days as an NBA agent and whether he’s ever had a client want to request a trade. His example led to him recalling the times before the draft that Curry didn’t come work out with the Warriors because he didn’t want to be a Warrior. Even after the Dubs selected him, however, Curry never expressed discontent with the team and did what he was paid to do: show up, work hard, and play ball.
Fast forward eight years, and Curry is not going anywhere outside of the Bay Area after the incredible success in Oakland.
“You remember when Steph Curry didn’t want to work out for the Warriors?” asked Myers. “You remember when Steph wouldn’t come in. You remember when there were rumblings that he didn’t want to be a Warrior. You remember him potentially not showing up for a press conference. So Steph Curry, he is who he is so he shows up. His first few years were not a good initial experience. As far as I know, I never heard him saying, ‘Get me out of here.’ My point is this, when he got to our organization we were not a team or destination that the most ardent Warrior would say was capable of winning a championship; the playoffs were our championship.”
In 2012, a then-oft-injured Curry signed a four year, $44 million rookie extension with the Warriors having never made the NBA playoffs. By the end of that deal, Curry has led the Warriors to the best regular season in NBA history. By the end of that deal, Curry has become a two-time MVP and a two-time NBA Champion. By the end of that deal, Curry qualified and signed the largest contract in NBA history at five years and $201 million.
His patience with the squad has allowed him to be rewarded very well, as he and the Warriors could very well be starting the first dynasty the NBA has seen since the dominant Los Angeles Lakers team from the early 2000’s.