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Stephen Curry could’ve been ours, Bucks owner claims

History is written by the winners — and not always fact-checked.

For instance:

In March 2012, the Warriors traded guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for center Andrew Bogut. The narrative arising from that transaction goes a little something like this: It was a brilliant gambit, the first of several ingenious moves that catapulted the Warriors to a series of NBA titles.

The Warriors finished 20 games under .500 in 2011-12. But the following season, with Bogut at center and Stephen Curry taking over the point guard position from the departed Ellis, the Warriors won 47 games and reached the playoffs for just the second time in 19 seasons.

The next season: 51 wins and a postseason berth.

The next four seasons: Three parades from the franchise that re-invented basketball. It was somewhere in the parade of parades that Warriors owner Joe Lacob told the New York Times Magazine, “We’re light-years ahead of probably every other team in structure, in planning, in how we’re going to go about things.”

Recently Bucks owner Marc Lasry was chatting up The Athletic when the Lacob quote came up.

“I don’t know if they can be light years ahead if they traded Steph Curry to the Bucks for Andrew Bogut,” said Lasry, who didn’t buy the team until more than two years after the Bogut trade.

History lesson: Curry trade rumors began the night the Warriors selected him in the 2010 NBA draft. “Hopefully I’ll go to sleep (tonight) as a Warrior,” he told reporters on a conference call after a long evening of intrigue.

Winners have their writers. Also-rans have their rewriters. The Athletic described the Curry-Bogut swap somewhere between fact and urban legend.

“That was the deal,” Lasry insisted. “But the Bucks’ medical staff didn’t think Steph’s ankle would hold up. That killed the deal.”

Hey, if you’re going to play a game of what-if, you might as well make it interesting. This one was and apparently still is. Especially considering that Curry was experiencing ankle issues during the 2011-12 season.

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