Warriors star Steph Curry is considered one of the greatest shooters ever, but he’s also known to dish some pretty sweet assists. Perhaps his best one yet comes off the court.
Curry announced Monday that he will financially support Howard University’s golf teams for the next six years. The historically black university hasn’t had a golf team since the 1970s, and now plans to have men’s and women’s teams beginning in the 2020-21 season.
“This is a pretty exciting day. To be honest, I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time, since January I should say,” Curry said at a news conference Monday held at the school.
The two-time MVP became interested in helping bring golf back to the school after meeting with Howard senior and golfer Otis Ferguson IV while Curry visited the campus to watch a documentary in January. Curry honored Ferguson on Monday and expressed how important of a role the student played in bringing golf back for the Bison.
Curry played on his high school golf team and is an avid player of the sport to this day. He has played with President Barack Obama as well multiple celebrity tournaments. Curry even competed on an exemption at the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic in 2017 and 2018.
The veteran big man spent a single season with the Lakers in in 2012-13 after a blockbuster trade from Orlando that involved four teams, 12 players and four draft picks. He saw a notable downtick in scoring and rebounding, and the Lakers only went 45-37. Howard left in the offseason to sign with the Houston Rockets.
Howard played well in three years with the Rockets, but he hasn’t found a home since. He’s spent each of the three last years on different teams — unceremoniouslydumpedeach time in a trade.
By now, Howard knows he is no longer the league’s most dominant center, and furthermore, the league has moved away from big men being the focal point of teams’ offenses. In an interview last month with Charania, he said he doesn’t “have an ego” and wants to help a team win however he can.
“I want to be whatever a team needs me to be,” Howard said. “I’ve played in every situation so far. I used to really hate how Draymond (Green) plays, but what I noticed watching him during these playoffs was that he does everything for the team.
“He’s everywhere. He’ll get a tech, he’ll take a charge, he’ll be everywhere on defense. He’s talking. He does everything. It doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, but it shows up in the mind of everyone watching. I want to be that person.”
It’s easy to clown Howard, but he can still be a useful player, especially in a complementary role. Last season — when he only played nine games due to various injuries — was the first time in his career he didn’t average a double-double, and he still posted 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game on 62.3 percent shooting.
Since Anthony Davis indicated that he doesn’t want to play center, the Lakers will need somebody to provide depth down low. That could also come in the form of veteran Joakim Noah, but the Lakers’ roster has another move or two to make.