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Steve Kerr thought Suns, Warriors had Steph Curry trade done in 2009

Steve Kerr thought Suns, Warriors had Steph Curry trade done in 2009

Steve Kerr wanted Steph Curry on his team, and he got his wish. Just not how and when he envisioned it.

Kerr, who was the Suns' general manager from 2007 to 2010, recently shared the story of how he believed Curry was headed to Phoenix in a 2009 NBA draft-day trade with the Warriors.

Kerr -- who, as you know, now has won three NBA championships as the Warriors' coach -- asked Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on their "Flying Coach" podcast: "The one that got away -- is there a draft that comes to mind where you say, 'Man. There was a guy we had our eye on and something happened, and we just couldn't get it done?' "

After Carroll gave his answer, Kerr explained what happened with the Suns' failed Curry trade 11 years ago:

"We tried to trade up to get Steph Curry. We went really far down the road with the Warriors, and we thought, 'We're gonna get this done. We're gonna make a deal, and this is gonna be the guy who's gonna replace Steve Nash.' 

"One of the reasons we loved Steph was we had this great fortune to watch Steve Nash win two MVPs, become this dominant player and this incredible leader. Hero in Phoenix -- the guy whose jersey everybody wore; all the kids wore all over town.

"It wasn't obvious watching Steph in college that he was gonna be a star. He had to grow, he had to get better. But you could see the skill level. We actually thought we had a deal done that night, and it just fell through. The Warriors ended up taking Steph and keeping him.

"And I'm really glad, Pete. Glad that happened [laughter)] I probably wouldn't be doing a coaching podcast with you right now if that trade had gone through [laughing)] Thank God for Steph." 

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This isn't breaking news, as Kerr previously has discussed it. Here's what he said about it in March 2013, in an article from ArizonaSports.com:

Back on draft night 2009, when the Minnesota Timberwolves selected Syracuse point guard Johnny Flynn at No. 6, an audible cheer could be heard coming from the Suns’ war room at the US Airways Center.

"The deal was contingent, on our end, on Curry being there,” former Suns GM Steve Kerr told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo. “And when he was still there, we were under the impression that we had a deal and unfortunately in the NBA, and I’m sure in every sport, nothing’s done until the trade call is made."

[RELATED: Ex-Warriors GM refutes reported Steph and Klay-for-CP3 trade offer]

It's possible, though, that this is the first time you're hearing about this. If that's the case ...

...  pretty wild, right?

But not as wild as the Minnesota Timberwolves drafting Ricky Rubio and Jonny Flynn No. 5 and No. 6, respectively, which made Steph available for the Warriors at No. 7. The rest, of course, is NBA history, and good news for Kerr when he took over as Warriors coach in 2014.

The Suns, meanwhile, had to stand pat at No. 14, where they drafted Louisville's Earl Clark, who played just 60 games for Phoenix and 261 games in the NBA.

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Draymond Green, Charles Barkley team up on new TV show 'The Arena'

Draymond Green, Charles Barkley team up on new TV show 'The Arena'

Draymond Green and Charles Barkley are about to be on the same team.

The Warriors forward and NBA Hall of Famer will be part of a panel on TNT's new show "The Arena," which will debut July 20.

Draymond and Barkley -- who have attacked each other publicly over the years -- will be joined by host Cari Champion and 2006 NBA Finals MVP, Dwyane Wade.

"The cinematic features will examine the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, systemic racial injustices and the changing landscape of society since the NBA postponed play through the point of view of players, NBA teams, their fans and communities," per a press release. "The five-part series will also include contributions from leading voices in sports and entertainment, such as renowned journalist Jemele Hill, rapper and activist Killer Mike, Academy Award-winning filmmaker, Lesley Chilcott, among others."

Some very serious conversations will be had, so it'll be interesting to see if Draymond and Barkley address and/or laugh at their past beef.

[RELATED: Barkley fires back at Draymond by using boy band analogy]

It's possible they avoid it altogether and solely focus on the much more important topics at hand.

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Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright claims LeBron James gets two rings for beating 2016 Warriors

Nick Wright will say anything to try to buttress his belief that LeBron James is the best basketball player of all time.

And the very opinionated TV personality went to the extreme Monday on his Fox Sports 1 morning show "First Things First."

"I'm making a proclamation today. Everyone always tries to say, 'Six rings, six rings -- LeBron can't be the greatest ever until he has six rings.' It's a facile argument but I'll engage in it for this moment," he said. "We all know LeBron officially-unofficially got credit for two rings when he came from 3-1 down and beat a 73-win (Warriors) team -- sent Draymond (Green) crying to his car to call Kevin Durant. So right now he's at four.

"Before the stoppage happened, the Lakers were playing their best ball of the season. They get thrown off course, Giannis (Antetokounmpo) is able to get healthy, other things happen that make it harder. Then they lose (Avery) Bradley, now they've lost (Rajon) Rondo.

"When they win the title this year, it counts as another two -- which means LeBron and (Michael) Jordan will both have six rings."

Yes, this actually happened.

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Conventional wisdom says Wright was 100 percent kidding, and simply got on his soapbox for entertainment purposes. But with him, he probably just was 97 percent joking.

And since Wright mentioned Draymond, here is a friendly reminder: In the 2016 NBA Finals, LeBron averaged 24.8 points, 8.3 assists and 5.8 turnovers the first four games. Then, everything changed when Draymond was suspended for Game 5. Over the final three games of the series, LeBron averaged 36.3 points, 9.7 assists and 2.7 turnovers.

[RELATED: Draymond reveals team he sees as favorite to win NBA title]

It also didn't help that Andrew Bogut missed Games 6 and 7, and that Harrison Barnes went 5-for-32 from the field over the final three games. But we digress. The Cleveland Cavaliers won the series and that's a scientific fact.

You want another fact? LeBron has won three championships and he will have four if the Los Angeles Lakers capture this season's title in Orlando.

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