Stephen Curry is one of the best basketball players on the planet.
But before he became a star for the Golden State Warriors, Curry was draining buckets for the Davidson Wildcats.
Surprisingly, however, his career didn’t get off to a smooth start.
According to Wildcats head coach Bob McKillop, Curry was nearly benched in his first collegiate game because he kept turning over the ball.
“Steph’s game was like the JV game, and I’m there watching, and he has nine turnovers. Nine! I’m ducking his passes,” McKillop told Jon Wilner of The Mercury News. “But what I noticed was that he never stopped playing defense, he never complained to his teammates or the officials. He would run to the bench and look the coach (Dell) in the eye, and then he was on to the next play. He lived in the present. He never let a mistake intrude on his next step. He has an incredible capacity to do that.’
“The coaches met at halftime, and we talked about taking Stephen out of the lineup – he was killing us. But I reflected back on that Las Vegas tournament and his capacity to live in the moment. We stuck with him.”
Of course, that paid off for McKillop and Davidson.
Curry went on to have an impressive career and took the Wildcats on a run in the NCAA Tournament. Now, he’s one of the top players on the NBA court.
McKillop has to be happy he didn’t pull he trigger on that decision.