Minnesota Timberwolves May Have Passed on Stephen Curry Because of Golf

Stephen Curry could have been on Minnesota Timberwolves if not for golf?
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In a recent interview on The Bill Simmons Podcast, two-time MVP and three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry made some bold claims about why the Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t draft him in 2009.

Stephen Curry is widely regarded as the greatest shooter of all time in the NBA, but there’s some minor controversy on why he fell to 7th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft.

According to an interview with Bill Simmons on his eponymous podcast, Curry’s love of golf might’ve turned off the Timberwolves from drafting him.

The Wolves, helmed by front office exec David Kahn at that point, held the 5th and 6th overall selections in 2009. Instead of selecting generation shooter Curry, they opted for Ricky Rubio (a solid choice) and Jonny Flynn (oof), respectively.

“I don’t know if that ever came out — that’s a story. Everybody knows how much I love golf — play it in my spare time and whatnot … I think the word on the street was that he [Kahn] 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.”

When pressed by Simmons about the accuracy of that report, Curry was nonchalant: “I hope it’s true, because that’s hilarious,” Curry said. “That’s hilarious.”

Either way, the game of golf might be to blame for the Wolves passing on Steph Curry in 2009, so take heart Minny fans.