Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Warriors' Curry Has Deep Toronto Roots after 18 Months in City as a Youngster

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Warriors' Curry Has Deep Toronto Roots after 18 Months in City as a Youngster

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Warriors' Curry has deep Toronto roots

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TORONTO - James Lackey's students at Brampton Christian School will have to forgive him for cheering on Golden State this week as the Toronto Raptors open up the NBA Finals against the Warriors. After all, he's just rooting for one of his former students.

Lackey was a teacher and the boys' basketball coach at Queensway Christian College in 2001 when Stephen Curry, the son of then-Raptors shooting guard Dell Curry, started attending the school. The young Curry led Queensway in scoring more than a decade before becoming a two-time NBA MVP and the central figure in Golden State's five-year dynasty that includes three league titles.

"I'm sort of torn right now on who to cheer for and the kids are certainly asking 'so who're you going for? who're you going for?'" Lackey said. "I have to tell them that I'm still going for the Warriors even though I love the Raptors. Because of the connection with Steph I have to cheer for him."

The pair still speak regularly and meet for a quick chat once or twice a year whenever the Warriors are in Toronto.

Lackey still sees a lot of the boy in Curry, even now as a 31-year-old NBA superstar.

"Something that really stood out about him was that he always got more excited when someone else on the team did something great," Lackey said. "If another kid who rarely scored got a basket, that really got him jazzed, even more than if he did something incredible or amazing.

"You even see that now with the Warriors, I think. He really gets excited for other people's success on the team."

Curry has fond memories of his year and a half in Toronto -- before he moved to North Carolina to attend Charlotte Christian School -- including the culture, a love of Maynards candies, and his school.

"It was a great time there, met some really cool people," Curry said at a news conference on Monday. …

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