Stephen Curry has 'pseudo homecoming' against Raptors: 'Toronto's a special place ... I always love coming back'

The two-time NBA MVP remembers the "great memories" he has from spending part of his childhood in Toronto.

TORONTO, CANADA - MARCH 1: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA game at Scotiabank Arena on March 1, 2024 in Toronto, Canada.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)
It's clear that Toronto has love for Stephen Curry, no matter the result. (Photo by Cole Burston/Getty Images)

TORONTO — Stephen Curry had a “pseudo homecoming” as he played in Toronto on Friday night for the first time since the 2019 Finals against the Raptors.

Curry spent some of his childhood in Toronto, as his dad, Dell Curry, played for the team between 1999-2002. That meant there were “a lot of familiar faces” on Friday, from Herbie Kuhn announcing the game in Scotiabank Arena, to Dell's former teammates in Alvin "Boogie" Williams as part of the broadcast crew, and even Charles Oakley, who as a spectator was honoured by the crowd.

“I still got family, my wife's family is still up here. And it's always great to have a pseudo homecoming kind of vibe here. A lot of great years, a lot of great memories,” said Curry post-game.

“Toronto's a special place. My family, my journey. I always love coming back.”

Curry's wife, Ayesha, was born in Markham, Ont., as they share ties to the province.

The two-time league MVP hadn't played in Toronto since 2019 for multiple reasons, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and injuries. It gave extra reason for Toronto fans to attend the game, especially as they watched him warm-up.

On Friday, Curry led all scorers with 25 points, going 7-15 from deep, to go along with a team-high six assists. It culminated in a 120-105 win for the Warriors over the Raptors.

Looking back at footage, it comes as no surprise that Curry feels comfortable shooting the rock in Toronto, something he regularly did alongside his brother Seth growing up.

It's not the first time Curry has spoken about his ties to Toronto, where he spent a year and a half on and off through Grade 6 to 8 as he attended Queensway Christian College in Toronto's Etobicoke area. In a previous interview, he noted that "every time I get to get up for a game against Toronto, it brings a little juice to my game. I just have fun knowing the history of the Curry family in Toronto."

Growing up, he remembers how cold it was after his family moved from Charlotte, and also how friendly and diverse the people were. During the 2019 playoffs, he mentioned how he always grabs a bag of Maynard candies when back in the 6ix.