Stephen Curry (AP Photo/Jed Jacobson)
Stephen Curry said he would only be willing to play for one NBA team if his tenure with the Golden State Warriors ends: the Charlotte Hornets.
Curry, who played high school basketball at Charlotte Christian School, released the statement Thursday (via TalkBasket’s Andre de Guzman) when he received the keys to the city of Charlotte.
The four-time NBA champion reiterated his commitment to the Warriors, saying he always wanted to “end my career in Golden State because of what it means, and our experience, our teammates and our journey. [on]” before discussing Charlotte.
“Everyone’s asking me, ‘Do you want to play one year with the Hornets and come back?’ … I’m not posting anything right now, I’m not making any commitments,” Curry said. “I would say if there’s one team that I really want to play for that isn’t the Warriors, it’s this one.”
Besides his previous time at North Carolina, there are a few other reasons the future Hall of Famer might be interested in joining the Hornets.
First, his father, Dale, played for the team for 10 seasons in his own career (1988-98), a move that happened shortly after Stephen was born in Ohio in March 1988, when his father Playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Second, NBA legend Michael Jordan is a major shareholder in the Hornets. Curry recently explained how he’s trying to use the same leadership skills that MJ did during his dynastic days with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s:
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When asked about his own personal leadership style, Steph cites MJ’s famous quote from The Last Dance document. “He (Michael Jordan) never asked anyone on his team or organization to do anything he wouldn’t do on his own.” 🐐🐐 pic.twitter.com/8IBNUDMEKA
However, despite the Charlotte link, it’s hard to imagine Curry leaving the Warriors.
He’s built a special environment in Golden State with longtime teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, and it would be very appropriate if they played together for a few more years before the sun went down.
Of course, the same could be said about the legendary trio of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs, but the path to a dazzling career can be complicated at times.
Parker eventually left San Antonio in 2018. Where did he play in his final season? Charlotte at the Hornets.