Sorry Charlotte, but Stephen Curry 'for sure' wants to finish his career in Golden State

The chance of Stephen Curry ever playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets is approaching zero.

As recently as two years ago, Curry openly discussed the opportunity to finish his career in North Carolina, where he rose to prominence as a prep and college basketball star following his father Dell’s 10-year tenure with the Hornets. The two-time NBA MVP softened on that stance last year. Now, Curry is all but completely rejecting the possibility in a wide-ranging interview on The Bill Simmons Podcast.

“I love the Bay Area, man,” said Curry, who is entering his 10th season on the Warriors after they drafted him seventh in 2009. The only reason I go home now is if my sister’s getting married or to go play the Hornets for that one game, so I haven’t really been back much. I haven’t put my mind there.”

Simmons wondered if the pull of Charlotte has loosened for Curry now that he’s 30, if Golden State feels more like home now and if the five-time All-Star now feels like he wants to be a Warrior for life.

“For sure I do,” Curry said from Oakland. “This is home. This is where I want to be, for obvious reasons.”

25 PHOTOS
Stephen Curry through the years
See Gallery
Stephen Curry through the years
Gonzaga's Micah Downs (L) battle Davidson's Stephen Curry for a loose ball during the first half of their first round NCAA men's basketball tournament game in Raleigh, North Carolina March 21, 2008. REUTERS/Ellen Ozier (UNITED STATES)
Davidson Wildcats' Stephen Curry celebrates after a three-pointer against the Wisconsin Badgers during second half of their NCAA men's Midwest Regional basketball game in Detroit March 28, 2008. REUTERS/John Gress (UNITED STATES)
Players attending the 2009 NBA Draft pose on stage with NBA Commissioner David Stern before the start of the Draft in New York, June 25, 2009. From left are Jordan Hill, Stephen Curry, Stern, Hasheem Thabeet (back C) Ricky Rubio and Blake Griffin. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)
Stephen Curry of the U.S. gestures while biting on his mouth guard during a friendly basketball game against Greece ahead of the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Athens August 25, 2010. The FIBA World Championship will take place in Turkey from August 28 to September 12. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis (GREECE - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry holds the trophy after winning the skills challenge event during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Los Angeles, February 19, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry bites a mouth piece during the first quarter of his NBA basketball game against Los Angeles Lakers in Oakland, California December 22, 2012. REUTERS/Stephen Lam (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (R) wait for a rebound in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL)
Feb 12, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) moves to the basket against Miami Heat center Chris Bosh (1) the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Heat defeated the Warriors 111-110. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Team Curry legend Dell Curry (left) and Team Curry guard Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors (30, right) celebrate during the 2015 NBA All Star Shooting Stars competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
April 10, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30, right) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets guard Aaron Brooks (0) during the third quarter at Oracle Arena. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 100-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 27, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates against the Los Angeles Clippers during the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 3, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) is defended by Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan (6) in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Warriors 126-121 to win the series 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 14, 2015; New York, NY, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates during the 2015 NBA All Star Three Point Contest competition at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
April 18, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr (left) talks to guard Stephen Curry (30, right) during the third quarter in game one of the first round of the NBA Playoffs against the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 106-99. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 5, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) hoists the MVP trophy before game two of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates in front of forward Draymond Green (23) after making a three-point basket during the first quarter in game five of the second round of the NBA Playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with the western conference championship trophy after defeating the Houston Rockets in game five of the Western Conference Finals of the NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates with forward Draymond Green (23) during the third quarter of game six of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) poses with the Larry O'Brien Trophy as Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala (9) celebrates with the NBA Finals MVP trophy after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game six of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 04: National Basketball Asssociation MVP Stephen Curry (3rd R) laughs as U.S. President Barack Obama jokes during his remarks at an event for the 2015 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors in the East Room on February 4, 2016 in Washington, DC. Obama welcomed the Warriors to the White House to congratulate the team on their championshhip season. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors prepares to hit the 'Keep Pounding' drum for the Carolina Panthers prior to Super Bowl 50 against the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jun 8, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots the ball over Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson (13) during the first half in game three of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 16, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) speaks to the media after game six of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. The Cavaliers won 115-101. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
October 21, 2016; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and forward Kevin Durant (35) celebrate after Curry made a three-point basket during the second quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 19, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) flexes against the Los Angeles Lakers during the fourth quarter at Valley View Casino Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Why sign with the Hornets when you’re working on a dynasty

Curry didn’t say exactly what those reasons were, but it’s not hard to figure out. The Hornets may be owned by Michael Jordan, but they have been in an almost constant state of rebuilding this century. They have never been considered a contender, haven’t made the playoffs for two years running, and have long had difficulty luring big-name free agents. Meanwhile, the Warriors have won three of the last four NBA titles, look to be a contender for years to come and just added DeMarcus Cousins.

All of this is to say nothing of the lifestyle difference between Charlotte and the Bay Area.

Curry sounded more open to playing in Charlotte four years ago

Questions about Curry’s potential interest in Charlotte first gained real steam in 2014, when he was working on one of the league’s most below-market contracts. He told The Doug Gottlieb Show then:

“I’ve always had thoughts about playing at home, what it would be like. 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.”

Since then, he’s won two MVP awards and three NBA championships in Golden State. Curry also made a five-year commitment to the Bay Area in the form of a $201 million contract that should keep him on the Warriors past his 34th birthday. Curry told Simmons he wants to play at least seven more seasons, if not more, because he entered the league wanting to match or exceed his dad’s 16-year NBA career.

Related: See Curry and LeBron through the years: 

24 PHOTOS
LeBron James and Stephen Curry's relationship through the years
See Gallery
LeBron James and Stephen Curry's relationship through the years
CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 17: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers battles for the ball with Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors on November 17, 2009 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland Ohio. Cleveland won the game 114-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by Gregory Shamus/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND - NOVEMBER 17: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors go after a jump ball during the game on November 17, 2009 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers won 114-108. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 NBAE (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 11: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors puts up a shot against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game on January 11, 2010 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. The Cavaliers won 117-114. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 16: LeBron James #6 of the Eastern Conference All-Stars handles the basketball against Stephen Curry #30 of the Western Conference All-Stars during the 2014 NBA All-Star Game as part of the 2014 All-Star Weekend at Smoothie King Center on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: LeBron James #23 Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry #30 Golden State Warriors speak with the kids during the NBA FIT program at the High School of Graphic Communication & Arts on February 13, 2015 in New York, New York NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors participate in NBA Cares/FIT Day of Service at 439 WEST 49th Street during the 2015 NBA All-Star on February 13, 2015 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 15: Stephen Curry #30 of the Western Conference handles the ball against LeBron James #23 of the Eastern Conference during the 64th NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia as part of the 2015 All-Star Weekend at Madison Square Garden on February 15, 2015 in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 4: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors shoots against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 4, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors vies for the ball with LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime during Game 1 of teh 2015 NBA Finals in Oakland, California on June 4, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-100. AFP PHOTO / FREDERIC J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 9: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers look on in Game Three of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 9, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left) and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James scramble for a loose ball during the second quarter of game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. / AFP / Beck Diefenbach (Photo credit should read BECK DIEFENBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 14: during Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shake hands before the start of Game Five of the 2015 NBA Finals on June 14, 2015 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 16: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts to a foul call during the fourth quarter as LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in Game 6 of the 2016 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 19: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers during the game in Game Seven of the 2016 NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (R) shoots the ball ahead of Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson during the third quarter in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on June 19, 2016 in Oakland, California. Powered by an amazing effort from LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers completed the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, dethroning defending champion Golden State 93-89 to capture their first NBA title. The Cavaliers won the best-of-seven series 4-3 to claim the first league crown in their 46-season history and deliver the first major sports champion to Cleveland since the 1964 NFL Browns, ending the longest such title drought for any American city. / AFP / Beck Diefenbach (Photo credit should read BECK DIEFENBACH/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors react to a play during the game on December 25, 2016 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talk after Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - JUNE 12: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers hugs Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors after Game Five of the 2017 NBA Finals on June 12, 2017 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 18: Stephen Curry #30 and LeBron James #23 speak to the crowd during the NBA All-Star Game as a part of 2018 NBA All-Star Weekend at STAPLES Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - May 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the 2018 NBA Finals on May 31, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - May 31: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors talk during Game One of the 2018 NBA Finals on May 31, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - MAY 31: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball against LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game One of the 2018 NBA Finals on May 31, 2018 at ORACLE Arena in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 08: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts as Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors looks on in the first half during Game Four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 8, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Curry left his free agency open to interpretation

In more recent years, Curry started closing the door on the idea of ever playing in Charlotte, although he left it slightly ajar leading up to his 2017 free agency. Prior to the final year of his last contract, he told reporters from Golden State’s training camp, “I want to be back here. I like playing here. That’s it.

When asked about his impending free agency again early in the 2016-17 season, he told The Wall Street Journal, “It’s hard to see myself anywhere else,” but “curveballs happen all the time,” and then Curry had this exchange with the Observer’s Scott Fowler before a November 2016 trip to Charlotte:

I asked Steph point-blank if he would consider going to Charlotte in the summer of 2017.

“I don’t know,” he said.

He then went on to imply that at an unspecified point earlier in his career a “Steph in Charlotte” scenario might have been more possible, saying “obviously I had a strong tie to Charlotte and would have loved to play there. I’m very comfortable in that city. It’s hard to say exactly what the situation will be this summer.”

Then, within a three-week span in the middle of 2017, Curry won his second title with the Warriors and signed his super-max contract extension in Golden State within hours of free agency opening. Any concern about Curry leaving the only NBA team he had known seemed like misdirection in hindsight.

Now, the possibility seems further in the rearview than ever before. Never say never. Dynasties gets disassembled, the number of players who spend their entire careers in the same city is dwindling, and Curry joked with Simmons that his shooting could help teams spread the floor until he’s 50 years old.

If that were the case and he stays in Golden State, Curry would surpass Dirk Nowitzki’s record of 21 seasons with the Dallas Mavericks at age 42 in 2030, and he’d still have eight years to play in Charlotte. Where he once answered questions about playing for the Hornets with admiration for his hometown team, he now laughs them off, so you can only imagine how he might respond 12 years from now.

– – – – – – –

Ben Rohrbach is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at rohrbach_ben@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

More from Yahoo Sports:
Marlins player’s cowardly act exposes major flaw in baseball
$6M investment by Kobe turns into $200M
Report: Blue Lives Matter rejects Jets’ offer
Pitino sets record straight on controversial horse name

Read Full Story