Golden State’s Stephen Curry will start for the West in next Sunday’s All-Star Game alongside Timberwolves star Kevin Love. It is a collaboration that once again might leave Wolves fans wondering what if their team had drafted Curry sixth overall in 2009 instead of Jonny Flynn. Son of former NBA guard Dell Curry, the game’s best shooter sat down recently with Wolves beat writer Jerry Zgoda at the Warriors’ downtown Oakland, Calif., practice facility to chat about now and then.
Q Congratulations on being named to the U.S. National Team pool and your All-Star selection. Is it true that this whole journey here started with you just wanting to be taller than Muggsy Bogues?
A Yeah (laughs), that was my goal. Him and my dad played so many years together. It happened faster than I thought.
Q Can it be? Is this really your first All-Star Game?
A Last year was my first legit shot because of my ankle injuries. I’m healthy now, team’s winning. It’s a different situation than two years ago. I’m just blessed to be on the floor and to be able to represent the organization. We haven’t had much representation since ’97.
Q Did you know Kevin Love well before you played together on the 2010 World team?
A We played against each other in college one year. We didn’t know each other personally, crossed paths every once in a while.
Q Did he ever say that summer, ‘Dang, we could be playing together?’
A No, whatever happens in the draft, that kind of stuff, is hard to say.
Q Wolves fans make themselves feel better now by saying you never would have played in Minnesota. Would you have?
A It’s all relative. I wouldn’t have known what would have come to pass here or in New York, which is where I kind of had my sights set on going in the draft. I would have tried to make the best of wherever I landed. I know some people in Minnesota, so I wouldn’t have been alone up there. It would have been good.
Q Who do you know?
A Got some college friends who are from there, some family friends as well. I’ve been up there a couple times just to hang out.
Q Would you have fit well beside Ricky Rubio?
A Yeah, who knows what would have happened? The dynamic of that combination would have been fun, I’m sure. But it didn’t work out that way. Looking back, this is a spot here where good things definitely have happened.
Q One of your concerns about the Wolves at draft time was they didn’t have a coach, right?
A That’s right, they didn’t. I forgot about that. You never know what kind of system will be put in place. I probably wouldn’t have played well in the triangle offense.
Q Nobody really did. Did you know you almost lived in Minnesota? Bill Musselman wanted to trade a first-round pick in 1990 for your dad but was overruled.