CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Stephen Curry annual homecoming has become a certified big event, and both the locals and the player never seem to tire of it.
The Warriors guard is beloved here, dating to his Charlotte Christian High days when he led his team to three conference titles, then went 22 miles up the road to Davidson College and became an unlikely first team All American, guiding the Wildcats to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2008 as the nation's leading scorer.
Why unlikely? As a high school senior, Curry didn't get a single scholarship offer from a major-conference program because he was deemed too small and slight of build, even though his father, Dell, was a longtime NBA sharpshooter and a Carolina favorite.
It seems crazy now, as he returns to Charlotte for the fifth time as a pro (he didn't play in 2011-12 because of injury), having only enhanced his status that much more as one of the best players in the NBA.
So, does Curry still get excited being back home as he prepares to face the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday at Time Warner Cable Arena?
"For sure," he said. "Being on the West Coast, I only get to come once a year. I still have a lot of family around. I know some Davidson (ex-teammates) have tickets to the game and are coming down, and they're like family, too. I get to see some of my old coaches, too, so I'm definitely looking forward to it."
Curry logged 45 consecutive minutes before coming out of the Warriors' 108-82 win in Memphis on Saturday. Does he have anything left for Charlotte?
"Oh yeah, I get a day off (Sunday), I get to watch my Panthers play and get rejuvenated," he said. "I'll be ready for the Bobcats."
As is usually the case when Curry comes to the town, the Warriors were hit with numerous interview requests. But the club cleared his Sunday schedule save for an afternoon meet-and-greet with fans at a Charlotte mall Foot Locker. He'll fulfill the glut of media requests in a joint session at Monday's morning shootaround.
It's a hectic two-day pit stop, particularly when Curry starts to fill out his ticket-request sheet.
"The last four years, it's been between 30 and 50," he said. "I assume it'll be like that on Monday. But I can take it. I don't get too stressed out. I just enjoy being home, and I love the support."
Curry has responded to that support in his performances against Charlotte. In six career games against the Bobcats, he has averaged 25.3 points, his highest scoring average against any NBA team. Last year, he had 27-point performances both here and in Oakland in two Warriors wins.
He also always seems to have his long-range eye when he plays against Charlotte -- he's made 26 of 42 career 3-point attempts for an astounding 61.9 percent.
Curry's quest is twofold on this particular trip. He wants to perform well in front of the home folks, but he also sees this game as crucial to a successful road trip after the Warriors had a horrible night in Houston followed by a sensational one in Memphis.
"The key for us is not to feel like we've done anything," he said. "We can be excited about (beating the Grizzlies) and how we bounced back. But if we drop an egg in Charlotte and don't play well, don't play hard, it goes for nothing."
Warriors (12-9) at Charlotte (9-11), 4 p.m., CSNBA