It sounds like Warriors fans should thank the former Milwaukee Bucks medical staff every day.
In March 2012, Golden State traded Monta Ellis for Andrew Bogut. But according to Bucks owner Marc Lasry, the Warriors were prepared to ship Steph Curry to Milwaukee instead.
As Frank Isola of The Athletic writes:
Lasry sees the Golden State Warriors as a model franchise, although he did chuckle when Warriors owner Joe Lacob told New York Times Magazine three years ago that the organization is “light years ahead” of the other 29 teams.
“I don’t know if they can be light years ahead if they traded Steph Curry to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut,” Lasry says of a proposed trade before he purchased the Bucks, which has been reported as both fact and urban legend. “That was the deal. But the Bucks’ medical staff didn’t think Steph’s ankle would hold up. That killed the deal.
"So, I don’t know if that’s being light years. It’s luck. And that’s fine.” Lasry then smiled and added, “I think we got rid of that medical staff when we bought the team.”
Wow. If true, that is absolutely wild.
But keep in mind that this alleged trade proposal has "urban legend" attached to it, as Lasry's ownership group didn't buy the Bucks until April 2014.