Steph Curry’s Father Reveals He Told the Golden State Warriors NOT To Draft His Son: ‘I Said Don’t’

Dell Curry, father of NBA guards Steph Curry and Seth Curry, played in the NBA for 16 years with teams like the Utah Jazz, the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors.

So former Golden State Warriors coach Don Nelson presumably respected Dell’s opinions when he told the former player that Golden State was interested in selecting Steph Curry in the 2009 draft. But the retired hoops star hated the idea.

Steph Curry’s father Dell Curry said he didn’t want his son to play for the Golden State Warriors. (Photo:Lachlan Cunningham / Getty Images Sport via Getty Images)

That’s because he wanted his son to play for the New York Knick,s based on a couple of reasons: He liked the fast up-and-down play of the Knickerbockers at the time and felt they had better team chemistry than the Warriors.

“I remember Don Nelson called me and said, ‘Hey, what’s your feelings towards [the Warriors] drafting your son?’” said Dell Curry in a recent interview with NBC Sports. “I said, ‘Don’t. You asked me the question, I’m going to tell you the truth. Don’t.’”

“The conversation went on and he said ‘If we get the opportunity we’re going to do it. I said ‘Coach, that’s your decision,’” added the 54-year-old.

Steph Curry, who was a star guard at Davidson College in North Carolina, was selected No. 7 that year, and the Knicks had the eighth pick, so his father’s wishes fell short by just a smidgen.

“We just thought his game fit a better team, a better scenario, the way another team was playing, up and down, faster and had a better locker room,” said the Curry patriarch.

But his wife Sonya Curry had other reasons why she didn’t want her son to play for the Bay Area team, and they had nothing to do with the X’s and O’s of basketball.

“Well, that’s the dad answer and the professional athlete answer” she said after her husband spoke. “Mine was, Golden State is too far away. Where is my baby going? I don’t know where Golden State is.” 

It all worked out in the end, however. Because Steph Curry went on to win three championship with the Warriors, who are considered by many to be the next great hoops dynasty after the Chicago Bulls in the ’90s and the Los Angeles Lakers in the ’80s.

The Davidson alum is currently playing in the Western Conference Finals against the Portland Trail Blazers, a team Seth Curry plays for, and their folks have been seen in the stands cheering for both sons and teams.

So far the Warriors are up in the best-of-seven series 2-0 and won Thursday’s matchup 114-111. Steph Curry spoke about playing against his younger brother when that game was over.

“This was like the coolest experience I think I’ve ever had playing against him,” he said. “Every minute he was out there defensively, he was a pest. Made big shots in the fourth quarter. He was amazing tonight.”


Facebook Comments


Leave a Reply
  1. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum
    it up what I had written and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I as well am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to everything.

    Do you have any tips for rookie blog writers? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

  2. Hello, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog in Firefox, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other then that,
    superb blog!

  3. Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures on this blog loading?

    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my
    end or if it’s the blog. Any feed-back would be greatly appreciated.

  4. naturally like your web site however you need to test the spelling on quite a few of your posts.
    Many of them are rife with spelling issues and I in finding it very bothersome to inform the
    truth on the other hand I’ll definitely come back

  5. When someone writes an post he/she maintains the thought of a user in his/her brain that how a user
    can understand it. So that’s why this article is perfect.

  6. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and
    was curious what all is required to get setup?
    I’m assuming having a blog like yours would
    cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100%
    sure. Any tips or advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Appreciate it

  7. An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a colleague who has
    been doing a little homework on this. And he in fact bought me breakfast simply because I discovered it for him…
    lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!!
    But yeah, thanks for spending time to talk about this topic here on your web page.

  8. I’m really enjoying the theme/design of your blog. Do
    you ever run into any browser compatibility issues?
    A number of my blog audience have complained about my blog not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Firefox.
    Do you have any solutions to help fix this issue?

  9. Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally,
    it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point.
    You obviously know what youre talking about, why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your site when you could
    be giving us something informative to read?

  10. This design is wicked! You most certainly know how to keep a reader entertained.

    Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well,
    almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really loved
    what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it.
    Too cool!

  11. Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored at work so I decided
    to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break.

    I enjoy the knowledge you provide here and can’t wait to take
    a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my
    phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G ..

    Anyhow, great site!

  12. I do agree with all the ideas you’ve presented on your post.
    They are very convincing and will definitely work.
    Nonetheless, the posts are very short for novices.
    May you please prolong them a little from subsequent time?

    Thanks for the post.

  13. Howdy! This article couldn’t be written much better!
    Going through this article reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept preaching about this. I will
    forward this article to him. Fairly certain he’s going to have
    a very good read. Many thanks for sharing!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Comedy Store Co-Founder, Sammy Shore, Dead at 92

Comedy Store Co-Founder, Sammy Shore, Dead at 92

DaBaby's Posse Viciously Attacks Overzealous Fan

DaBaby's Posse Viciously Attacks Overzealous Fan