Although NBA fans may not want to consider the thought, unfortunately there will come a time where Golden State Warriors’ superstar Stephen Curry is no longer donning a jersey and taking to the hardwood.
The 35-year-old is coming towards the latter end of his career, not that you can tell with his still very high level of excellence. Curry remains one of the best players in the league, averaging the third-most points of his career in 2022-23, and a career-high 30.5 points during the postseason.
Stephen Curry has revealed his thoughts on retirement, offering some assurance to Golden State Warriors’ fans that he’ll be around for a while longer.
Speaking on the Today Show in an interview with Willie Geist, Curry was asked whether or not he’d considered retirement. The two-time MVP confirmed that he has, but that the end point isn’t quite in sight just yet.
"“You do start thinking about, the thoughts do creep in of what that timeline really looks like”, Curry said. “I’m doing all those things to give myself a chance to be successful, but you know the ball’s going to stop bouncing at some point, I just don’t think it’s going to be anytime soon.”"
Curry is 14 years into an illustrious career. The greatest shooter of all-time, he’s a four-time champion, two-time MVP, NBA Finals MVP, All-Star Game MVP, nine-time All-Star, nine-time All-NBA selection, and two-time scoring champion.
Having signed a four-year, $215.4 million contract extension in 2021, Curry still has at least three years remaining. That will take him through to the age of 38 before the next big decision has to be made.
Curry’s body shape, physicality and overall fitness has impressively shifted throughout the course of his career, suggesting he can be at his best for a while longer. Even without that, the pure skill he possesses as a shooter means that he could realistically play through to his 40’s should he wish to do so.
Curry will once again look to lead the Warriors back to the mountaintop next season, with the franchise re-committing to the championship core of he, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson this offseason.