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Stephen Curry’s desire to someday play in Charlotte is nothing new

That was likely a reaction from one of the NBA’s best offensive players to his comments in an interview on The Dan Patrick Show — which appeared to be made in a joking tone, or at least with a smile — about how he thinks he’s better on the offensive end than LeBron James.

Stephen Curry Golden State WarriorsHe also could’ve been referring to the fallout from what he told Doug Gottlieb a week ago:

“I’ve always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like,” said Curry, who is in the middle of a four-year, $44 million contract extension with the Warriors. “My dad played there for 10 years, and people around the Greater Charlotte area in North Carolina have done a lot for my family growing up, so you always think about it.

“Right now I feel like I’ve got three years left on my deal, so this isn’t going to be an issue for me for a while. I love the Bay Area and where we are as a team trying to win a championship, and that’s what it’s all about. Of course everybody dreams about or thinks about what it’s going to be like to play at home. Obviously if that opportunity comes along it’s a different discussion.”

So while Curry may think he’s a better overall shooter, distributor and passer than James, he’s already penning a rough draft of James’ “I’m Coming Home” letter! Well, maybe. But Curry has probably always daydreamed about playing where he grew up, in an arena where the fans seem to cheer more loudly for Curry than the hometown team during the Warriors’ annual visit to play the Bobcats (who recently changed their name to the Hornets, which is how it was back when Dell Curry spent a decade in Charlotte).

Just take what he said in 2011, for instance:

Stephen Curry says emphatically he’s a happy Golden State Warrior.

But if somewhere down the road he reaches free-agency, and the hometown Charlotte Bobcats choose to pursue him, the former Davidson star would find playing here quite appealing.

“Of course I’d like to play here – it’s home and I know a lot of people. But that doesn’t mean I’m trying to get out of Golden State,” Curry said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview with the Observer.

“There’s no reason I would not want to play in Charlotte. Maybe the pressure of being around family all the time would affect some people, but I wouldn’t be opposed to any of that.”

After that story from Rick Bonnell caused Warriors fans to panic, Curry explained himself.

That was back in the days when everyone used the #GSW hashtag. It was a simpler time.

When Curry told Bonnell that he was open to playing in front of his hometown fans, the Warriors were coming off a coaching change and embarking on a season where they’d end up tanking to keep their lottery pick. Things have gone much better since, but there have been some bumps in the road as of late. Curry was in favor of keeping Mark Jackson, although that clearly had no chance of happening once the Warriors’ season was complete. However, he voiced his desire to keep Klay Thompson around instead of including him in a deal for Kevin Love (no such comments were made about David Lee, interestingly), and the Warriors obliged.

However, this isn’t just a non-story because we’ve heard Curry speak wistfully about Charlotte in the past. He’s an underpaid superstar, and there’s no reason to announce to the world that he’s a “#GSW for life” and cause the Warriors to expect that they’d be able to re-sign him at the end of his deal with another below-market/max deal.

And let’s face it — with Charlotte looking a lot better last year, and the East remaining dreadful, Curry would be a fool to close that door. Things can change a lot in three years, though.

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