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Steph Curry was once jealous of Oakland A’s playoff atmosphere

Steph Curry envious of the Oakland A’s success? Sounds like a bizarro world, but that was reality in 2012.

Reporter Dennis Shanahan recently shared a video of an interview he conducted with the Warriors superstar while he was waiting in line for a hot dog. Curry, who was about to begin the fourth year of his career, had never been to the playoffs at that point and was about to play with Draymond Green for the first time in his career.

“Playoffs, the atmosphere here is crazy,” Curry told Shanahan. “So hopefully we get the buzz like that across the way.”

Back in October 2012, the East Bay was still buzzing in the afterglow of Game 162. Despite low preseason expectations, the A’s closed a five-game gap against the Texas Rangers in the final 11 days of the regular season to win the AL West in the finale. 

Closer Grant Balfour’s epic entrance in the ninth inning of the clincher remains one of the great moments in Coliseum history.

So when the A’s hosted the Detroit Tigers in the ALDS that season, ending a seven-year playoff drought due to manager Bob Geren’s forgettable tenure, the Coliseum was absolutely electric.

According to Shanahan, Curry was at the game with David Lee that night. About six months later, Curry got his wish at Oracle Arena, as he made the postseason for the first time in his career.

A lot has changed in the decade. Curry has gone on to win four championships and turn the Warriors into the NBA’s most valuable franchise. Owner Joe Lacob relocated the team to San Francisco while heavily investing into his product.

And to think, Lacob could have been running the show for the A’s instead of John Fisher, who has driven Oakland’s proud franchise into the ground with recurring fire sales.

Former MLB commissioner Bud Selig really screwed over A’s fans when he took Lacob’s $180 million offer in 2005 and brought it to his fraternity brother Lew Wolff, who got Fisher’s fortune involved for the big money. It appears Selig let Wolff and Fisher match Lacob’s terms and now the A’s and Warriors have been on divergent paths since.

What could have been.