Steph Curry gave Knicks fans a brutal reminder on Thursday, saying he “thought I was going to New York” in the 2009 NBA Draft.
“When I got drafted, I thought I was going to New York, and didn’t really have Golden State on the radar at all,” Curry said.
Curry entered the pros after his junior season with Davidson, and ended up being selected by the Warriors with the 7th overall selection.
The Knicks, meanwhile, were sitting and waiting with the 8th pick — leaving the franchise devastated at their missed opportunity to snag the 3-point specialist.
“We were picking 8th in New York, and, man, we wanted him so bad I could taste it,” former Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni said on the Old Man and the Three podcast. “That was one of the highlights of my disappointment.”
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Curry, who is making his 5th NBA Finals appearance in 7 years on Thursday, went on to win 2 MVP trophies (including becoming the first unanimously-voted MVP in 2017), along with 8 All Star appearances and 8 All-NBA selections.
He has also become considered the greatest 3-point shooter in league history.
Over his 11-year professional career, Curry has led the Warriors to 7 winning seasons and 5 Western Conference Finals victories and 3 NBA titles.
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The Knicks during that span, on the other hand, have one just a single playoff series, which came in the 2012-13 season.
That makes Curry’s comment sting particularly hard for Knicks fans, who have already had the unfortunate experience of watching the 34-year-old break the NBA’s all-time 3-point record at Madison Square Garden.
While New Yorkers will likely never get over their distraught feelings over missing Curry in the draft, but they will have another chance to secure an up-and-comer on June 23rd during the 2022 NBA Draft, where they have the 11th overall selection to use on a future rookie.
The NBA Finals, featuring Curry and the Warriors against the Celtics, will kick off on Thursday night at 9 p.m. in Boston.