Michael Curry (basketball)

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Michael Curry
Personal information
Born (1968-08-22) August 22, 1968 (age 51)
Anniston, Alabama
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High schoolGlenn Hills (Augusta, Georgia)
CollegeGeorgia Southern (1986–1990)
NBA draft1990 / Undrafted
Playing career1990–2005
PositionSmall forward / Shooting guard
Number12, 20, 34
Coaching career2007–present
Career history
As player:
1990–1991Steiner Bayreuth
1992–1993Capital Region Pontiacs
1992Long Island Surf
1993–1994Philadelphia 76ers
1994Clear Cantù
1994–1995Valvi Girona
1995Omaha Racers
1996Washington Bullets
1996–1997Detroit Pistons
19971999Milwaukee Bucks
19992003Detroit Pistons
2003–2004Toronto Raptors
2004–2005Indiana Pacers
As coach:
2007–2008Detroit Pistons (assistant)
2008–2009Detroit Pistons
20102013Philadelphia 76ers (assistant)
2014–2018Florida Atlantic
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Michael Edward Curry (born August 22, 1968) is an American retired professional basketball player, and coach. He is the former head coach of the Florida Atlantic Owls men's basketball team.[1][2] Curry played in the NBA from 1993 to 2005, he later served as head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

Playing career[edit]

A 6'5" guard/forward from Glenn Hills High School in Augusta, Georgia, and Georgia Southern University, Curry played eleven seasons (1993–1994 through 2004–2005) in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Washington Bullets, the Detroit Pistons, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. Though he never averaged more than 6.6 points per game in a season, Curry was well respected throughout the league for his strong defense and leadership qualities, and for several years he served as president of the NBA Players Association.[3]

In 1992, Curry was a guard/forward for the Long Island Surf of the United States Basketball League (USBL), averaging 20 points per game; as of the November 2000, he was one of 128 USBL players who had graduated to the NBA.[4]

Internationally, Curry played in the German 1st basketball league for Steiner Bayreuth (1990–1991), in Italy for Clear Cantù (1994)[5] and in the Spanish ACB for Valvi Girona (1994–1995).[6]

Coaching career[edit]

On June 10, 2008 Curry was named as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons for the 2008–09 season, succeeding Flip Saunders, he received a three-year deal, worth $2.5 million per season.[7] On June 30, 2009, Curry was fired as head coach.[8] Prior to becoming head coach of the Pistons, Curry served as an assistant coach for Detroit and also as the NBA's Vice-President of Player Development.[9]

Curry later worked as the associate head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers.[10]

On April 7, 2014, Curry accepted a job at Florida Atlantic University, replacing Mike Jarvis. In four seasons, the Owls were 39–84 under Curry, who was fired from FAU on March 16, 2018.[11]

Head coaching record[edit]

NBA[edit]

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Detroit 2008–09 82 39 43 .476 3rd in Central 4 0 4 .000 Lost in First Round
Career 82 39 43 .476 4 0 4 .000

College[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Florida Atlantic Owls (Conference USA) (2014–2018)
2014–15 Florida Atlantic 9–20 2–16 14th
2015–16 Florida Atlantic 8–25 5–13 T–12th
2016–17 Florida Atlantic 10–20 6–12 T–11th
2017–18 Florida Atlantic 12–19 6–12 T–11th
Florida Atlantic: 39–84 (.317) 19–53 (.264)
Total: 39–84 (.317)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Personal life[edit]

His son, Deon Curry, played football as a wide receiver for Michigan State University.[12] Contrary to popular belief, he is not related to Dell Curry and Steph Curry.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/fau-owls/sfl-fau-hires-michael-curry-as-mens-basketball-coach-20140407,0,2993232.story
  2. ^ http://www.fausports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031618aaa.html
  3. ^ ESPN.com – NBA – PLAYOFFS2003 – Detroit Pistons vs. Orlando Magic
  4. ^ Copia, Joe (November 13, 2000). "Three New USBL Alumni to Appear on NBA Opening Night Rosters; 128 Players Have Graduated From the USBL to the NBA". Silicon Investor. San Francisco, CA. Retrieved April 25, 2017.
  5. ^ Michael Curry
  6. ^ http://www.acb.com/jugador.php?id=AV4
  7. ^ C. Gerstner, Joanne (2008-06-10). "Curry: We're playing to put up another banner". The Detroit News. Retrieved 2008-06-10.
  8. ^ Stein, Marc (2009-07-01). "Pistons fire Curry". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  9. ^ InsideHoops.com – Michael Curry named NBA Vice President, Basketball Operations
  10. ^ "Michael Curry". nba.com. National Basketball Association. Retrieved 2016-01-16.
  11. ^ http://www.fausports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031618aaa.html
  12. ^ Michigan State University Official Athletic Siteyyy

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