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Stephen Curry's parents had different reasons why they didn't want him at Golden State: "We just thought his game fit a better team"

Believe it or not, everything wasn’t supposed to be that way from the beginning
Stephen Curry's parents didn't feel like Golden State was a good fit for his son

Dell Curry, Stephen Curry

If you look at the Golden State Warriors right now, some of you might be quick to say destiny brought Steph Curry to the only team that could make him a superstar. But believe it or not, everything wasn’t supposed to be that way from the beginning.

Dell wasn’t feeling Golden State

For those who don’t know, Steph’s parents Dell and Sonya Curry did not want him to join the Warriors leading up to the 2009 NBA Draft. At the time, Dell, who played 16 seasons in the league, didn’t think his son’s game suited Golden State’s approach. And Dell was very vocal about it.

In fact, Dell was so hesitant that he even let then Warriors head coach Don Nelson know that the team doesn’t have his approval during draft day.

"We got back to draft day, I remember Don Nelson calling me and saying, 'Hey, what's your feelings toward us drafting your son?'" Dell told NBC Sports in 2019. "I said, 'Don't. You ask me the question, I'm going to tell you the truth. Don't.' Conversation went on and he said, 'Well if we get the opportunity we're going to do it.' I said, 'Coach, that's your decision.'"

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"We just thought his game fit a better team, a better scenario," he explained. "The way another team was playing. Up and down, faster and had a better locker room."

Steph’s mom had other concerns

Steph’s mom Sonya, on the other hand, had a different take on the subject. For Sonya, none of the basketball stuff mattered as her concern was about being “too far away” from her son.

"Well, that's the dad answer and the professional athlete answer," Sonya stressed. "Mine was, 'Golden State was too far away. Where is my baby going? I don't know where Golden State is.'"

Regardless of what was going on behind the scenes, the Warriors still managed to draft the Davidson product as their seventh pick overall, a decision that would change the future of Golden State and the NBA landscape.

In just six seasons, Curry helped bring the championship back to Golden State after 40 years, and three more titles followed suit in the next seven years.

Arguably, or should we say undeniably, drafting Curry is considered the best move the Warriors organization has made thus far. And while Steph’s parents are no longer together; we can bet our bottom dollar they both agree that Golden State was the right team for their son. 

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