Stephen Curry is quickly becoming the face of the NBA, and that's if he hasn't already. He's the reigning league MVP, and not only plays for a team that won last year's title, but the Warriors are also off to an undefeated 20-0 start to the season.
But none of that is enough to get his college to retire his jersey.
Davidson, you see, only retires the jerseys of players who graduated. And since Curry left college a year early to head to the NBA, he'll have to wait to be honored until he jumps through the necessary hoops to officially earn his degree.
"I knew what I signed up for when I went to Davidson," Curry said. "I made a promise to coach [Bob] McKillop and my family that when I left school back in '09 that that would be accomplished -- and it will be soon. Hopefully sooner than later."
McKillop called Curry "the biggest catalyst for Davidson basketball that Davidson College has ever had." Despite Curry's popularity, Davidson athletic director Jim Murphy said there hasn't been any movement to make an exception and allow him the recognition.
"It's still a priority for sure; obviously there's a lot going on right now," Curry said. "Taking advantage of my career right now on the court in the NBA, it's only a very short window, so you want to give all the attention and effort. But to be able to finish out that part of my life, whenever it does happen, will be huge."
The purpose of a college degree is to help you become educated enough in a particular field in order to be gainfully employed. Curry's hard work outside of the classroom has allowed him to earn well above what would be promised by any degree, but since academic institutions are built on the myth that getting that certification is of the utmost importance no matter your level of intelligence or financial circumstances, it's hard to blame Davidson (or any other university) for taking this hard-lined stance.
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