To think it might have been Dell Curry who took down the Warriors dynasty, and before it ever began. In the 2009 draft, the one that gifted the Warriors with shooting phenom Steph Curry, his father Del tried to convince Golden State to pass on him.
Here is the story, by CBS Sports:
The hope in the Curry camp was that he would fall to the New York Knicks at No. 8. As the draft went on, the only team in the way of that happening was the Warriors, whose head coach at the time, Don Nelson, loved the Davidson sharpshooter and wanted to take him at No. 7. As the Warriors’ pick approached, Nelson reached out to Steph’s father, Dell Curry, whose opinion was valued as a 16-year NBA vet, to ask his thoughts about Golden State drafting his son. Dell wasn’t having it.
“Don’t,” Dell recalled telling Nelson. “You asked me the question, I’ll tell you the truth. Don’t [draft him].”
“I don’t know where Golden State is…” – Sonya Curry
It all worked out in the end. pic.twitter.com/p1EwGb921D
— NBC Sports Northwest (@NBCSNorthwest) May 15, 2019
The idea of star players ‘refusing’ to play for certain teams before the draft has become a hot topic of late. When the Pelicans were gifted with the 2019 1st overall pick, many were disappointed for Duke superstar Zion Williamson. New Orleans is not necessarily the best place to capitalize his stardom and could cost him millions. Could he back out in protest of playing for the Pelicans?
Steph faced similar circumstances in 2009, after being drafted to a Warriors team very much known for their dysfunction at the time. Had he elected to protest that decision, things could have ended very differently for him.
Point is, nobody knows how things will end up in NOLA for Zion. If it ended well for Steph, it could end well for Williamson.