Steve Martin in retirement: Hornets icon on weight loss, 30 years in NBA, Curry’s charm By RICK BONNELL

Retirement is treating Steve Martin very well.

For the first December in a long time, he hasn’t packed on 20 pounds of winter weight from traveling with the Charlotte Hornets. He’s up around sunrise each morning, probably checking off a honey-do list from a wife who hadn’t seen him much the prior 30 winters.

Martin called the first season of NBA basketball in Charlotte in 1988-89 and every one since. He moved to New Orleans when the original Hornets received permission to relocate, then returned when the league started a second expansion franchise, then called the Bobcats, in 2004.