Former Charlotte Christian and Duke University star Seth Curry took a break from his busy schedule to host a developmental clinic at Carolina Courts in Indian Trail earlier this month.
Curry, who just signed a four-year, $32-million free-agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks over the summer, offered a one-day camp on Aug. 3 that focused on basketball developmental skills, but also taught life skills and ways to motivate children to be inspired to reach their full potential.
“My family grew up here, me and my brother played on courts like this as we watched our dad play on the big courts,” Curry said. “We were raised on values that taught us to never forget where we came from and to make sure we are always giving back to the community. I remember being young and loving when I would get to shoot around with the NBA guys and soak in tips and dream of one day being in their shoes. That’s what I’m trying to do for these kids, that excitement and motivation is what I hope they feel when they leave my camp.”
Following the event, I chatted with Curry about his new contract, the event and what it’s like when the whole family gets together.
Andrew Stark: How does it feel to be home? How often do you get to return to the area and what do you miss most when your gone?
Seth Curry: It feels great. I’m only here for a short time, but I always love when I can get back to Charlotte. In the off-season, I can make it back a little more, but during the season, it’s hard to get home between games.
AS: There are lots of demands on your time and other commitments, so why is it important for you to take the time to host a camp for the kids? What do you hope they get out of it from both a basketball and non-basketball perspective?
SC: These kids are the future. I will always make it a priority to do camps and work with the kids, especially here in Charlotte. I hope the camps are a memorable experience for the kids. I know when I was their age, it meant so much to get to shoot around with guys from the league. I hope they learn some fundamentals and walk away realizing their potential in whatever they decide to do. But most importantly, I just want them to have a great time out here.”
AS: You were a star at Charlotte Christian and played on some very good teams there. What are some of your best high school memories playing in this area?
SC: Just getting to play ball with all my friends at Charlotte Christian and against my friends at other schools. We always had the best time.
AS: How frustrating was it for you to be so under-recruited in high school and especially so knowing that you could play and help a team on the level you wanted to play at? And, what advice would you give a kid who could be in a similar situation today?
SC: I mean there is a lot that goes into recruits and there are so many people with talent out there, everyone has their own timeline and I think things work out when they are supposed to. I would just tell anyone working toward similar goals to keep working hard and stay focused.
AS: You had some great moments at Duke and got to play for a great coach. What are some of the things that Coach K instilled in you, and how was that experience playing for a team that is so polarizing?
SC: It was a great experience, I’m so thankful for my time there. Coach K was an incredible leader and just always taught me to stay focused on my goals and on the game and never stop working toward the next step.
AS: You have had a few great seasons in a row after bouncing around some early in your career and now you’re being rewarded with a four-year contract you signed with Dallas. What was your reaction to that and how does it feel to have a team that believes in you and your abilities?
SC: It feels great, I’m excited to be in Dallas, a part of the team and looking forward to a great season.
AS: I know you have a new baby and everyone is busy, but the whole family was there for the Portland-Golden State playoff series you and your brother got to play in against each other. How special was that, especially at the NBA Conference Finals?
SC: Thank you. It was incredible, I’m so lucky to have such a great support system in my family and having everyone there was great. We always have fun together.