Stephen Curry will go down as the greatest player to play for the Warriors franchise. While the Warriors have had some legendary players, like Wilt Chamberlain, there is no denying what Curry has done for the franchise. But Curry was actually very close to joining another historic franchise.
In a recent interview with GQ Sports, Stephen Curry revealed that he initially wanted to join the New York Knicks when he was about to enter the NBA. In 2009, Curry was considered a top prospect, and the Knicks were very interested in playing him. So much so, that they even guaranteed him that they would pick him if were still available (3:24 mark).
“I absolutely was wanting to go to the Knicks. The draft was in New York, it was my dad’s birthday, June 25th 2009. Had a lot of conversations with the GM of New York at the time who said if I was on the board, they’d picked me. So there’s a lot of hype because being in New York, I thought I was going to be a New York Knick. But they always be careful what you wish for, everything happened the way it was supposed to be, so I’m a Warrior.”
Curry clearly has no regrets about not going to New York, and made a name for himself with Golden State. But Curry got his chance to make history at New York. Last month, Curry broke the record for the most three-pointers made in NBA history, and he did against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, with fellow legendary shooters Ray Allen and Reggie Miller in attendance.
How would Curry's career have gone if he had joined the New York Knicks? Perhaps he would have achieved a similar level of success had he joined the Knicks. But Curry will not be too concerned, given how much success he has had in his career so far, and will likely continue to have.