The two time MVP, Steph Curry, was one of the biggest steals in the 2009 NBA Draft, however, The Minnesota Timberwolves passed on Steph for a bizarre reason.
After almost a decade in the game now, Steph Curry has turned out to be one of the greatest shooters of all time, playing a crucial role in leading the Warriors to three individual championships.
During Bill Simmons podcast, Curry told Simmons that the Timberwolves passed on the elite point guard because of golf of all reasons.
During an appearance on The Ringer's Bill Simmons Podcast (h/t Brad Rowland of Uproxx), Curry said that the Timberwolves were concerned that he wouldn’t enjoy the coldness of Minnesota and wouldn’t be able to play much golf which would affect his long term stay at the club.
"My guy David Kahn. I don't know where he's at right now," Curry said on The Bill Simmons Podcast. "I don't know if that ever came out -- there's a story. Everybody knows how much I love golf -- play it in my spare time and what not. "I think the word on the street was that he didn't draft me because in Minnesota it's cold and I wouldn't be able to play as much golf so I would have been miserable." A shocked Simmons asked Curry: "Is that true?" "I hope it's true because that's hilarious (laughter)," Curry said. "That's hilarious."
The Timberwolves decided to draft two other point guards in Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn ahead of Curry with Pick 5 and 6 of the 2009 Draft. Clearly, the decision has backfire for the Timberwolves with Flynn being traded after just two seasons and Rubio not having a significant enough impact.
The Timberwolves drafting over the last decade has been a complete disaster when you compare it to the Warriors. Curry has shown his loyalty and pure skill to the Warriors and becomes one of the greatest players in the franchise's history. Minnesota will be scratching their heads looking back at the choices they’ve made as they watched the Warriors win three championships while the Timberwolves missed out on 13 straight playoff series.