Dell Curry is like any other stage parent out there. He's overly gregarious with things that concern his sons, sometimes to the point of overstepping. So much so that when the Golden State Warriors told him, they wanted to pick Stephen Curry, Dell declined, noting he had other plans for his son.
Dell confirmed this in a recent interview. The New York Knicks had the eighth pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, while the Warriors had the seventh pick. He received a call from then Warriors coach Don Nelson who shared their intent of picking the young sharpshooter. Dell was blunt in his words: I do not want my son to play for the Warriors.
“I said, ‘No, we’d rather you not take him if he’s there because we have another place we’d like him to be.' ” “He said, ‘Well, if he’s there we’re going to take him,’ and I said: ‘That’s your choice. You call me and ask me a question and I’m telling you the truth from my end,’ “ Dell Curry said, Garden Party.
Though Dell didn't detail why he wanted his son to don the Knicks jersey, the reasons are not difficult to imply. Not only are they in a big market, but the Knicks are also a historic organization. They were about to head into a renaissance with head coach Mike D'Antoni in the fold during that time.
In retrospect, Dell has nothing but gratitude that his wish did not come true: “Thank God it didn’t happen." The Warriors ignored his words and picked Stephen Curry as their seventh overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
“He’s been a late bloomer his entire life — in everything. I’m not just saying this because I’m his dad, but his age is not how his body feels. His body has just matured that late in life.”
Dell is referring to Steph's relatively slow start in the NBA. Nelson fielded Curry for just two minutes in his first game handling him. Curry suffered ankle injuries in his third year — the same concerns that haunted him in college — which forced him to play just 26 games.
Is Dell hinting that the Knicks might have botched his son's career if they picked him? Maybe yes, maybe not. After all, though Dell had the confidence in his sons to make it to the NBA, he did not expect Steph to be heralded the greatest shooter of all time.