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After a few years Bay Area, Stephen Curry says he’s glad he didn’t fall to Knicks

May 31, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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Stephen Curry was the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft — behind Hasheem Thabeet, Tyreke Evans and Jonny Flynn (the last one was the David Kahn head scratcher of that draft).

And he was taken one spot ahead of the New York Knicks (who took Jordan Hill).

At the time, Curry was bummed he wasn’t going to be a Knicks, he told Will Leitch in a fantastic profile at Sports on Earth. But the Bay Area is a fantastic place to live with an underrated fan base for the Warriors that is starved for something good to cheer for. Curry is already giving them that — they got to the second round of the playoffs and he got a key to the city.

Looking back now, he loves how the draft went.

“No offense to New York, but I’m so, so happy I didn’t fall to them in the draft,” he says after I tell him I’m a Knicks fan. “No matter what they do with the new arena, they better not change the dynamics of the fanbase. If we have the same fans, in this new place … man, I’d want to play here forever. Wouldn’t you?”

Forever is a mighty long time, but what you get out of the piece is that Curry is happy, settled and wants this ride to continue. Go read the entire piece, it’s well done. And you can’t blame Curry for liking his situation, one where you see a Warriors team that should get better and better the next few years (if he can stay healthy, and if the Warriors big men can stay healthy, too).

He also hated living in the city (he lived in San Francisco for a year) so maybe Manhattan wasn’t the best place for him.

  1. money2long - May 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    as a knick fan, and as curry being my favorite point guard..i don’t know how to feel.. meh, he did say no offense..right ?

  2. cantonbound13 - May 31, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    F.Y.I. Playing for the Knicks doesn’t require you live in Manhattan. Not many players chose to live in the city, they live in the beautiful suberbs of Westchester close to their practice facility.

    • limonadamas - May 31, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      I’m not sure Steph’s referring to living in Manhattan as the reason for why he wouldn’t want to live in NY. The Bay Area fans are infinitely more positive with their team and with their players. Look at how quickly everyone turned on Lin after Linsanity was over! Who would want that? If Melo plays well he’s awesome. If the Knicks flame out, he’s a bum. There’s no in-between.

      By the way, this is not about the average Knick fan. They’re great, by and large (I know because I lived there for several years). It’s about the carnivorous, backbiting, oversaturated NY media machine.

      • jcmeyer10 - May 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        And it changes on a game to game basis.

    • divan22 - May 31, 2013 at 2:35 PM

      There are beautiful suburbs in the Bay Area too. And of course, the weather is gorgeous. Can’t say that about Westchester.

      • cantonbound13 - May 31, 2013 at 3:08 PM

        My comment was not intended to compare the bay area to NY. I was just correcting Kurt’s ridiculous comment that playing for the Knicks would mean living in Manhattan. Kurt looks for any reason possible to take shots at NY.

      • fanofevilempire - May 31, 2013 at 6:03 PM


  3. baymac408 - May 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    I’m Glad Steph is on the WEST!! He belongs a Warrior for life! GO WARRIORS

  4. thomaskouns - May 31, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Dolan is a horrible owner – this is the same guy who let Isiah destroy the team then use him as a consultant to undermine the next GM’s decision making.

    I’ve always felt that team would have been better long-term had Donnie Walsh stayed and they took his advice and not got Stodemire or Anthony. And for all the talk about those two players, they haven’t gone pass the second round in the three years and are now stuck because so much of their cap is tied up in both of them.

    NY proves that just because you have ‘stars’ doesn’t guarantee anything.

    • biasedhomer - May 31, 2013 at 10:41 PM

      “Stars”? You mean “star”, they only have one (Melo) and he while he may be talented, he doesn’t make those around him better.

      Say what you want about Lebron, but Melo would never have taken less then a max contract and he could never team up with another superstar since he wants to be the man always.

  5. 49warriors - May 31, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    We finally have our star!!!

  6. marcusfitzhugh - May 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    On a personal level, Curry is much better off in GS. The NY press would have murdered him. He’s had at least 3 surgeries for his bad right ankle. On top of that, in the past two seasons Curry has had seven ankle injuries. Four of them have happened with no one around him. Yes, he simply sprains it by himself. The NY press loves it when reoccurring injuries happen to NY players because its headline material. The press would have blamed the player, coach, GM, owner, trainer, physicians, scouts, everyone.

    Don’t get it twisted. I’d like to see Curry on the Knicks. He’s better than Felton. Much better. But trust me, he does not want to be a New York Knick with ongoing health issues. Just ask Benard King (who came back to scorch the Knicks EVERY time he played them).

  7. sportsnut101 - May 31, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Hey might of been included in the melo trade if he was a knick

    Yes he can play pg but he’s better at the sg spot Klay can come off the bench he’s not ready for starting spot

    Warriors need a pg or more bench help

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