Rex Chapman, Dell Curry share Steph Curry’s NSFW reaction on refusing transfer to Duke, other great schools

There aren’t many scenarios where one can easily imagine Davidson beating Duke in college basketball, but Stephen Curry is the perfect example of how even the Blue Devils can make costly mistakes.

The four-time NBA champion has established himself as one of the best players in league history, however, he wasn’t always everyone’s first choice. In an interview on The Rex Chapman Show last year, his father, Dell Curry, said Steph wanted to play for Duke out of high school, but the Blue Devils didn’t even want him as a sidekick.

Dell Curry and Chapman, who played together for the Charlotte Hornets, talked for a while about how coach Mike Krzyzewski, now retired, made a big mistake. Curry proved his worth during his first year at Davidson, averaging 21.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.6 3-pointers, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Chapman says several schools approached him to see if he could put them in touch with Dell Curry to see if Stephen wanted to transfer, but the future Hall of Famer decided to stay at Davidson.

“I called you [Dell] and I said, ‘Hey, there are two or three schools that are really interested in having Stephen.’ And you said, ‘Let me get back to you. A day went by… You called me and you said, ‘He told me, ‘Dad, if they didn’t love me then, I don’t love them now, fuck them. I stay in Davidson. He gave me goosebumps and I almost cried! That’s exactly the answer he was hoping to get!”

You can watch the full clip here (NSFW language warning).

Curry played for the Wildcats from 2006 to 2009 before being selected seventh overall by the Golden State Warriors during the 2009 NBA Draft. His time at Davidson gave a small glimpse of the professional player he would become. Curry is the school’s all-time leading scorer with a total of 2,635 points and set the NCAA single-season triples record with 162 three-pointers during his 2007–08 campaign. Curry also played a key role in Davidson’s 2008 Elite Eight race. The school has not forgotten any of this.

His No. 30 jersey and number will be inducted into the Davidson Athletics Hall of Fame in August. According to Davidson, his will be the first issue the show has ever retired. It’s been 13 years since Curry left for the NBA, but his jersey couldn’t be removed until after he graduated, something he did last May when he earned his bachelor of arts major in sociology.

Coach Davison Bob McKillop announced his retirement on June 17, just one day after Curry was named the 2022 NBA Finals MVP. It’s been a while since the Golden State star played for him, but Curry hasn’t forgotten the opportunity he’s been given. McKillop said.

“I love you coach!” curry wrote. “Thank you for everything he has done for me, my family, Davidson and everyone he has impacted along the way.”

While Steph became a legend for Davidson, and for the NBA, Duke eventually convinced Curry to go to Durham. Seth Curry jumped from the Liberty to Duke after his first season and played three years with Mike Krzyzewski.

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