Steph Curry Happy the Knicks Didn’t Draft Him, Wants to Play in the Bay ‘Forever’

by May 31, 2013

There is, of course, a love affair between Stephen Curry and Golden State Warriors fans. Not only is Curry thrilled the New York Knicks didn’t nab him in the 2009 NBA Draft, he hopes to never leave the Bay Area. Per Sports on Earth: “Four years ago, Curry was disappointed that the Knicks didn’t draft him. Today, he has the key to the city. (San Francisco, not Oakland… not yet.) Stephen Curry has been special all his life, but he’s never been more special, and more revered, than he is right now, in this city. ‘You wanna know how much this place loves their Warriors?’ he says. ‘We made it to the conference semifinals and they gave me a freaking key to the city. The key to the city! For the semis! If we’d have won the title, they’d have put a statue of Coach Jackson on top of the bridge.’ […] As you might expect, the playoffs changed things for Curry, immediately. ‘It’s crazy how quickly it shifted on me, in a good way, but in a very different way,’ he says. ‘I’m learning what I can do and what I can’t do. [My wife and I] went out to California Pizza Kitchen on a Friday night and were just mobbed. I mean, people were real nice; they’ve been through 20 terrible years, and this has meant so much for them. But whew, we weren’t ready for that. No more CPKs on Friday nights.’ […] ‘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?'”