Today the Golden State Warriors come to town with their super star point guard Stephen Curry. He has already proven himself to be one of the best shooters to ever play the game. However, as a Wizards and Virginia Tech Hokies fan, he has eluded both my teams.
It started off at Virginia Tech. His dad, Dell Curry, left Virginia Tech as the school’s all time leading scorer and established himself as a star. Stephen Curry wanted to follow in his dad’s footsteps and his first choice was Virginia Tech. Unfortunately, Seth Greenberg thought he was too small and couldn't make it in the ACC. He didn't give him a scholarship, but told him to feel free to walk on. Well that small kid grew, ended up going to a small school in Davidson, and shocked the world by leading them to Elite Eight. The Hokies watched at home. To this day, I get annoyed when Seth Greenberg talks on ESPN because of this mistake.
When going to the NBA the team Stephen Curry wanted to play for was my other favorite team. In 2009, the Washington Wizards had a top 5 pick after their streak of making the playoffs came to an end. It was a great chance to add young talent to the squad, but Ernie Grunfeld traded the pick for Mike Miller and Randy Foye. Some applauded the move and said it would complement the core of the roster with shooters. Little did they know that Ernie just passed on one of the best shooters the game has ever seen (this after Ernie was rumored to believe that Blake Griffin was the only valuable player in that draft). To this day, I believe that this was Ernie Grunfeld’s biggest mistake as a Wizards GM.
So both of my favorite teams ended up passing on this. I am only going to show up to one Wizards game this year and it will be this Warriors game tonight because Stephen Curry is the best show in basketball. And he could have played for both my teams.
Here’s hoping John Wall and Bradley Beal can make me forget that this Warriors team could have been the Wizards.