After a rough start to the season, including twenty point blowout losses at the hands of the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs, the Golden State Warriors are finally humming.
Their offense and defense are both top ten in efficiency, they’ve won twelve in a row, and, probably most importantly, their bench unit now looks as good if not better than last year’s.
Still, the future holds plenty of questions. They currently have the privilege of employing two of the three best players in the league, but Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant could both leave in free agency after this season.
The Warriors could virtually guarantee that doesn’t happen by winning the title this year. But if they fall short, either player could end up exploring their options.
Today, Curry made it clear he is at least considering one very important option: playing for his hometown Charlotte Hornets, the team his father played for.
I asked Steph point-blank if he would consider going to Charlotte in the summer of 2017.
“’I don’t know,’ he said.
“’It’s on my radar,’ he said, ‘but it’s not really on my mind as much day-to-day. I’m just trying to enjoy what this season is going to bring.’”
It seems like a pretty benign quote, but it should be alarming to anyone invested in Curry staying in the Bay Area.
If Curry was really set on returning to the Warriors — which he has expressed recently — it would be pretty easy to not say stuff like this. The two-time MVP could just say, “I haven’t thought about it.”
So perhaps the critics were right and Curry really isn’t happy about Durant becoming the top banana in Golden State. But with the Warriors once again on pace for 73 wins and sporting the greatest offensive numbers the league has ever seen, it’s hard to imagine there will be much to complain about at the end of the season.
But that’s what we said last year too.