Video: Stephen Curry admits he wanted to be drafted by Knicks
Stephen Curry admitted a longtime suspicion that has been partly confirmed in the past. After forgoing his final year of eligibility at Davidson, the sharpshooter had his eyes on landing with the New York Knicks before he was picked by the Golden State Warriors.
The three-time champion went back to memory lane with former teammate Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson as a guest on their new show All The Smoke on Showtime, detailing his experience during the 2009 NBA Draft:
“When I got drafted — it’s kind of funny thinking back — I wanted to go to New York and thought I was going to New York,” said Curry. “I was in the draft, I was in the green room like, ‘Oh, we’ll get to the eighth spot and New York will get me,’ and then I got the call from [then-general manager] Larry Riley and like, ‘Alright, we’re gonna pick you in the seventh spot.”
Welp. Today is ruined for @WorldWideWob, as Steph Curry explicitly told Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on “All the Smoke” that he wanted to get drafted by the Knicks: “I wanted to go to New York and thought I was going to New York.” pic.twitter.com/ZJTubztTSR
— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) January 23, 2020
The Knicks were high on Curry, but the Warriors had the advantage of picking one selection earlier, snatching that hope from their very hands — one that likely haunts the Knicks to this very day.
Yet there’s no promise that the two-time MVP would have evolved into a high-caliber player with the Knicks, as a large part of his rise to stardom was based on player development, which was done in-house with Golden State.
The Knicks trotted out a lineup of Chris Duhon, Jared Jeffries, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, and David Lee that season, marching to a 29-53 record under Mike D’Antoni. The Warriors didn’t fare all that much better at 26-56 that season, but Lee and Curry would become teammates the next summer after Riley traded three of his players for Lee, whom Curry ultimately won a championship with in 2015.
Needless to say, things worked out just fine for Stephen Curry. Meanwhile, the Knicks are still the Knicks.