The days of Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Dirk Nowitzki, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are gone. NBA stars now are on the path of LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis and many more.
That is, superstars no longer play for one franchise their entire career. Steph Curry is different, though. His entire career has been with Golden State, and he plans on being a Warrior for life.
“One thousand percent,” Curry said to Complex’s Zach Frydenlund. “1,000 percent.”
Curry, 32, has played 11 years in the NBA with the Warriors since being taken with the No. 7 pick in the 2009 draft. Since, then he has put together quite the long list of accomplishments.
Through his first 11 seasons in the NBA, including last season when a broken hand limited him to five games, Curry has won two MVP awards and three championships. He also has been voted All-NBA six times and has been named to the All-Star Game six times. Already seen as perhaps the greatest shooter ever to play the game, Curry is guaranteed to be a Warrior through the 2021-22 season after signing a five-year contract worth over $201 million in August 2017.
“Like I said, things change quickly,” Curry said to Frydenlund. “But that is definitely on my mind in terms of what we’ve…this is going in my 12th year. And what we’ve accomplished, and establishing this culture here, playing for these fans and our ownership and all the way down. So I’d love to be in that club when it’s all said and done.
“You think about the legends that have not only played for [one team] their whole career, but achieving so much success. And had a longevity about it that is something to strive for in terms of getting the most out of this game and doing it for one organization, one fan base. So we’ll see what happens.”
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Curry has just two more years left on his contract but expect another big one with the Warriors in the future. It’s clear that’s what he wants, and the Warriors of course want their superstar to play his entire career in the Bay Area as well.
There’s no doubt Curry’s jersey one day will hang from the Chase Center rafters and a statue of his perfect shot will be placed outside the arena. Curry’s career started as a Warrior, and there’s no reason to believe it won’t end as a Warrior.
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