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LaVar Ball apparently isn’t unique in his attempt to force his son to a specific team.
According to former Minnesota Timberwolves general manager David Kahn, Stephen Curry was pushed away from Minnesota by his father, Dell. In an article for Sports Illustrated, Kahn explained the circumstances before the 2009 draft where he was told not to draft Curry.
Curry’s agent, Jeff Austin, called Kahn shortly after his hiring in May to say there would be “no visit and perhaps even hell-to-pay” if Curry was drafted by Minnesota. Dell Curry, who spent 16 years in the NBA, apparently orchestrated the request.
“We told Minnesota that Steph didn’t want to go there,” he admitted last year, per Paul Coro of AZ Central Sports.
The Timberwolves had the Nos. 5 and 6 picks in the draft and selected point guards Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn. Curry was taken No. 7 by the Golden State Warriors and has gone on to win two MVP awards and two NBA titles.
Kahn compared this situation to that of Ball, who has worked hard to steer his son, Lonzo Ball, to the Los Angeles Lakers. He has not worked out for any other teams during the predraft process.
While Curry’s move clearly paid off, it remains to be seen if Ball will be as fortunate.