The 2009 NBA Draft results were originally a disappointment for Stephen Curry. He wanted the New York Knicks to draft him, but instead, the Golden State Warriors nabbed him with the No. 7 overall pick, and the Knicks, looming with the eighth pick, selected Jordan Hill.
Curry spoke to Karen Crouse of the New York Times, saying “playing in Madison Square Garden every night, living in New York, that would have been fun.”
I bet the Knicks are still disappointed to this day, as Jordan Hill never panned out. But Curry certainly panned out, and he no longer craves New York (via Will Leitch of Sports on Earth).
No offense to New York, but I’m so, so happy I didn’t fall to them in the draft,” Curry said. “No matter what they do with the new arena, they better not change the dynamics of the fan base. If we have the same fans, in this new place … man, I’d want to play here forever. Wouldn’t you?
Curry, who was given the key to City Hall on May 21, certainly brings up some valid points. The general consensus among basketball fans, pundits and players is that Oracle Arena is one of the loudest places to play, and more significantly, one of the more loyal fanbases in basketball. Per ESPN, the team had the fifth-highest attendance total in the league in 2012-13. The team was winning, which naturally increases the attention, sure, but they’ve been in the top 11 in attentdance rankings since 2008.
So, opinons do change over time. Curry intially wanted the bright lights of Madison Sqaure Garden, where he happended to score 54 points in a single game on February 28, but now he prefers the Warriors…forever? Time will only tell.
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