Once his Hall-of-Fame career comes to the end, Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry says he ‘absolutely’ wants to be an NBA owner.
“Understanding the business and how the NBA is run, what all goes into this huge behemoth of an operation, it fascinates you to understand, where’s the future headed?” Curry said to NBC Sports Bay Area in the latest “Dubs Talk” episode. “The league has changed so much in the 15 years I’ve been in and hopefully I’ll be still playing for a good while.”
Curry, who is averaging 30.7 points through 11 games this season at 35 years old, does not appear to be slowing down anytime soon. But when he does choose to hang up the jersey, it won’t be the last time NBA fans see the superstar around the league.
“But to know that you can be a part of an ownership group that is ushering the NBA into hopefully it’s super prime, and from viewership to basketball-related income that’s coming in and to look at where the league can possibly expand.”
In his 15 years with Golden State, the two-time MVP has led the Warriors to four NBA Championships and a record setting 73-9 regular season in 2015-16. Curry has always credited his love for the game and desire to win as what makes him so successful. Both of these things would translate well to an ownership role.
“I just want to be a part of an ownership group that is as excited as I would be to obviously win, be in a position where you’re connecting with the community and the fan base the way that we have here in the Bay Area and with all the things that I’ve learned over the course of these 15 years playing.”
Curry, who has been vocal about social causes such as gender and racial equality in sports, also recognizes the importance of having Black-owned teams across the league. For the first time in 20 years, the NBA entered this season without a single Black-owned team.
“I mean, it’s huge,” Curry said of the importance of having Black ownership within the NBA. “Not just for the voice of the players, but the one thing that we have learned, it shouldn’t have taken this long.
“I don’t know what the percentage is, but it’s predominantly black athletes in the NBA. So you want that representation. You want those voices to be heard and in the rooms that are making decisions where the stuff happens.
The Warriors are 6-6 on the season after losing four straight. Before rookie Brandin Podziemski scored 23 points and Dario Saric added 21 in a 104-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday-which Curry missed with a knee injury — he was the only Warrior to have scored more than 20 points in a game this season.
With Curry out at least one more game for Thursday’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Warriors will have to figure it out without their star point guard. Golden State has two straight home games against the Thunder before hosting Houston on Nov. 20.