Mon. Dec 4th, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO — Stephen Curry got a twinkle in his eye when he was asked about Buster Posey’s retirement.

“It’s pretty awesome to stand up on a podium like that when your career’s over and ride off into the sunset on your own terms,” Curry said Friday after a 126-85 win over New Orleans. “That’s dope. I hope to be in that situation, not too soon.”

“I said not too soon!” Curry, 33, added for emphasis.

A little less than a year in age separates the Bay Area’s two most beloved sports heroes.

Posey, 34, opted to hang them up despite a career resurgence this season that helped lead the Giants to an MLB-best 107 wins. He already had three World Series trophies, seven all-star appearances and a Most Valuable Player award on his resume.

Curry, of course, can match Posey title-for-title with an extra MVP hardware for good measure. He’s shown no signs of aging in his 13th professional season, still ranking near the top of the NBA with 25.8 points per game after Friday night.

As two first-round draft selections who arrived in the Bay Area in 2009 and never left, Curry and Posey have been subject to frequent comparison, and Curry doesn’t shy away from it.

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