OAKLAND, Calif. Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry had the weekend off from games, which gave him a chance to watch a video of Davidson naming its basketball court after longtime men’s coach Bob McKillop.
Curry, who led the Wildcats to the 2008 NCAA quarterfinals, was moved.
“Really cool to have that honor for him. In 25 years at Davidson he’s affected so many different players and generations coming through,” Curry said after Warriors practice Monday. “I’ll always remember his legacy. To be a part of that whole process was very special. I’m looking forward to going back and seeing his name on that court, knowing I was a part of it.”
Davidson was one of only three colleges – the others were Virginia Commonwealth and Winthrop – to initially offer Curry an athletic scholarship. Now he’s one of the NBA’s best and most popular stars, a starter in this month’s All-Star Game in New Orleans.
McKillop’s long tenure at one Division I school is a rarity, rivaling what Mike Krzyzewski has done at Duke or what Jim Boeheim has at Syracuse. All three of those men have the courts at their schools named after them.
How has McKillop lasted so long at Davidson?
“It’s got to be a willingness to stay,” Curry replied. “There have probably been universities calling him from all across the country the past 13 years, trying to get him to come help them.
“There’s something about that place that we all know as players is different. The atmosphere, the environment is more like a family. For him to live across the street from the gym for 25 years and build the program to what it is now – back to the Lefty Driesell days – the prestige it’s at now, is definitely unheard of.”
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