Curry open to playing in Charlotte

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Curry open to playing in Charlotte

Stephen Curry grew up in Charlotte, played his high school ball there, played his college ball at Davidson in the city he loves it in North Carolina.

And if the chance to play professional ball for the Bobcats ever came up, Curry told the Charlotte Observer hed be interested, even if he does use a double negative in talking about it.
Of course Id like to play here its home and I know a lot of people. But that doesnt mean Im trying to get out of Golden State, Curry said Thursday in a wide-ranging interview with the Observer.Theres no reason I would not want to play in Charlotte. Maybe the pressure of being around family all the time would affect some people, but I wouldnt be opposed to any of that.

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Top 15 most popular NBA jerseys: Curry still ahead of LeBron

Top 15 most popular NBA jerseys: Curry still ahead of LeBron

On Thursday morning, The NBA released the statistics for the top individual jersey sales and team merchandise sales.

And once again, Steph Curry is No. 1 and LeBron James is No. 2.

[REWIND: Curry's jersey most popular again; Warriors No. 1 in merchandise]

Kevin Durant is No. 3, followed by Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving.

Klay Thompson is No. 10 and Draymond Green is right behind him at No. 11.

When it comes to team merchandise, the Warriors are No. 1 and the Cavs are No. 2.

The numbers are based on sales from NBAStore.com from April through June.

Top 15 Most Popular NBA Jerseys:                         

  1. Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
  2. LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors
  4. Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
  5. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
  6. Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs
  7. Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics
  8. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
  9. James Harden, Houston Rockets
  10. Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors
  11. Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
  12. John Wall, Washington Wizards
  13. Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls*
  14. Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
  15. Dwyane Wade, Chicago Bulls

Top 10 Most Popular Team Merchandise:

  1. Golden State Warriors
  2. Cleveland Cavaliers
  3. Chicago Bulls
  4. Boston Celtics
  5. San Antonio Spurs
  6. Los Angeles Lakers
  7. Oklahoma City Thunder
  8. Milwaukee Bucks
  9. Philadelphia 76ers
  10. Houston Rockets

NBA media services contributed to this story

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

Rockets GM: Chris Paul trade 'gives us a real shot' vs NBA juggernauts

The NBA took a massive power shift Wednesday with the Clippers trading point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for seven players, a 2018 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-3) and $661,000. 

Houston GM Daryl Morey is going all in on a mission to compete with the Warriors and he believes the Rockets are now there with the pairing of Paul and MVP runner-up James Harden. 

"You know, it's a guards-based league. It's a weapons race in the NBA and you're either in the weapons race or on the sidelines," Morey said at the team's press conference, as captured by Mark Berman of Houston's FOX 26. "With James Harden in his prime and Chris Paul in his prime, this gives us a real shot to chase the juggernaut teams in this league." 

Paul, who turned 32 in May, is a nine-time All-Star. He spent his last six seasons with the Clippers and averaged 18.1 points, 9.2 assists and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2016-17 season in 61 games played. 

This past season, Harden became a primary point guard for the first time under Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced offense and the bearded lefty excelled in his new position. Harden led the NBA with 11.2 assists per game while putting up 29.1 points per game. 

Houston received guards Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, forwards Sam Dekker and Montrezl Harrell, plus the non-guaranteed deals of DeAndre Liggins, Darrun Hilliard and Kyle Wiltjer from Los Angeles. 

The Rockets went 55-27 last season, four games ahead of the Clippers, but were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs to the Spurs.