Since the Golden State Warriors picked Stephen Curry with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, he has been a loyal teammate. Prior to that, while a student at Davidson, he resisted leaving for a bigger program. Curry obtained his college degree earlier this week and had his number 30 retired, making him the first player in Davidson basketball history to achieve this. Additionally, the Davidson Hall of Famer became just one of three individuals to be given a key to Charlotte.
Curry made a suggestion that he would visit North Carolina again in the future during his NBA career during his victory speech. “This honor and this award — I’ve always said I want to finish my career at Golden State because of how much it means to me,” Curry said. “The experiences, the teammates and the journey from then on, everybody ask me, ‘Oh you don’t want to play one year for the [Charlotte] Hornets and come back?’
“… I’m not making any promises. All I would say is if there was a team that I did want to play for that was not named the Warriors, that would be it. That’s all I can say about that.”
— Davidson Basketball (@DavidsonMBB) August 31, 2022
The all-time great point guard has frequently stated that he wants to end his career with the Golden State Warriors, the only team he has ever worn the uniform for. Curry recently praised the Warriors in July after winning his first MVP honor and his fourth championship “I don’t want to leave ever. I want this to be my one and only home.”
Curry did leave the door unlocked for the possibility of playing for one other franchise in the NBA, even though nobody expects him to leave the Warriors. Curry brought up the idea of playing for his local team when accepting the key to the city of Charlotte on Thursday. “I’ve always said I wanted to finish my career out in Golden State because of how much it means to me, and the experiences and teammates and the journey that we’ve been on,” Curry said.
Curry won’t be leaving the Warriors anytime soon, but he may eventually play for the Hornets in his later years, much as his father did for 10 seasons in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Charlotte will have to return its focus to the talented young nucleus of players it already has, which is focused around All-Star guard LaMelo Ball. Curry and the Warriors will return to the upcoming campaign as title contenders.