Stephen Curry wanted to be a Knick heading into the 2009 NBA Draft.
“I wanted to go to New York,” recalled Curry during an interview with the “All the Smoke” podcast.
Ultimately, the Golden State Warriors picked the eventual two-time MVP and three-time NBA champ with the seventh overall pick.
Per The NY Post:
“I wanted to go to New York and thought I was going to New York,” Curry said. “At the draft — in the green room — like, ‘Oh, get to the eight spot and New York can get me.’
“And then I got the call from (then-Warriors GM) Larry Riley, like ‘We’re going to pick you in the seventh spot.’”
One pick later, the Knicks went with Arizona forward Jordan Hill, who was then traded away in the midst of his rookie season.
Yahoo reported in 2015 that [agent Jeff] Austin even pleaded with Riley not to draft the Davidson product, adding that they preferred for him to go play in New York.