Stephen Curry (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
Stephen Curry has said there is only one NBA team he would want to play for when his term with the Golden State Warriors ends: the Charlotte Hornets.
Curry, who played high school basketball at Charlotte Christian School, made the declaration Thursday while receiving the keys to the city of Charlotte (via Andrei de Guzman of TalkBasket).
The four-time NBA champion reiterated his commitment to the Warriors, saying, “I always wanted to finish my career with Golden State. I know how much it means and the experience and my teammates and me. For the journey we have taken,” he said. [on],” before discussing Charlotte.
“Everyone asks me, ‘Do you want to play a year with the Hornets and come back?’ All I can say is that if there was a team I wanted to play for that wasn’t named Warriors, it was it.
In addition to his previous time in North Carolina, there are several other reasons a future Hall of Famer might be interested in landing with the Hornets.
First, his father, Dell, played 10 seasons (1988-98) with the franchise during his own career. This was shortly after Steph was born in Ohio in March 1988 when his father played for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Second, NBA legend Michael Jordan is the majority owner of the Hornets. Curry recently explained how MJ is looking to use the same leadership techniques he used during his dominance with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s.
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Still, despite his connections with Charlotte, it’s hard to imagine Curry leaving the Warriors.
He has created a special environment in Golden State with longtime teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. It would be very fitting for them to play together for a few more years before heading into the sunset.
Of course, the same was said about the legendary trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, but the off-ramp of a stellar career can be complicated.
Parker finally left San Antonio in 2018. Where did he play his final season?In Charlotte for the Hornets.