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> Davidson College maintains it won’t retire Stephen Curry’s jersey until he earns a college degree. Good decision?
Steve Aschburner, NBA.com: Stellar decision. Davidson is not a one-and-done factory for lottery picks. Like a lot of schools that fly under the radar at this time of year (even a few that get eliminated in the first weekend of March Madness), it takes “college basketball” in the order of its name: college first, hoops second. I can’t imagine Steph Curry or his family would even kick about such a requirement. More likely, they’d welcome the opportunity to make a statement about earning one’s status, kids who aren’t NBA-ready at age 18, keeping priorities straight and the value of completing a college degree regardless of one’s net worth.
Fran Blinebury, NBA.com: Whether or not I think it is a noble message being sent and will inspire other athletes to get their education is irrelevant. As long as we’re living here in the United States of Trumpmerica, Davidson College is a private institution that can make its own rules and standards. Just as Adam Silver doesn’t want or pay attention to all of us telling the NBA how to run its business. (Even though we try.) By the way, when we make Steph the new face on the $10 bill, I’m sure he’ll get over the slight from Davidson.
Scott Howard-Cooper, NBA.com: Their school, their rules. I only hope they have had this conversation with Steph and talked it over with him rather than letting it become a thing in public first. Probably not the guy you want to alienate. I get the point, though. Make that kind of honor about more than just the basketball.
Shaun Powell, NBA.com: Normally I’m not a hard-line traditionalist, but I agree with Davidson, which is one of the country’s finest institutions of higher learning. If a place like Kentucky wants to honor its one-and-dones, fine, because no good basketball player will stay there for four years. But Davidson isn’t some college basketball meat-market. Let Curry return one day and get his degree, which would set a great example, and I’m sure Davidson will throw a retirement party to end all retirement parties.
John Schuhmann, NBA.com: Seems reasonable to me. I wish my alma mater (Virginia Tech — where he wanted to play) had this choice to make, but our coach at the time didn’t offer him a scholarship, even though his dad is the second leading scorer in school history. By the way, does Bimbo Coles have any kids that play ball?
Sekou Smith, NBA.com: That’s Davidson’s prerogative, to stick to their tradition, and I don’t have a problem with them maintaining that sort of standard. It doesn’t really matter right now anyway. Everyone knows where Curry played in college. That will never change. And years from now, if he feels that completing his degree and getting that jersey up in the rafters is important to him, he’ll do what needs to be done to make it happen. But right now, no one cares if Davidson retires his jersey. He’ll have his Warriors jersey hanging in high in the sky of that new arena one day. If he has one to match at Davidson, great. If not, I can’t imagine it’ll a big deal to anyone outside of the Davidson community.
Ian Thomsen, NBA.com: Excellent! What better way to emphasize the priority of education? For all but a few elite college players, earning a degree is going to be more important than anything they do in basketball. If Curry earns his degree eventually, then the ceremony to retire his jersey at Davidson is going to have far greater meaning than if the school ignored its own standards and made it happen today.
Lang Whitaker, NBA.com’s All Ball blog: Right, because having that piece of paper is going to change what Curry accomplished on the court for Davidson. I appreciate they’re a college and they want to encourage a focus on academics, but at this point hasn’t Curry done more for the school than the school did for him, particularly on an international scale? By retiring Curry’s jersey now, Davidson has an opportunity to get a ton of free publicity and remind everyone that for a time, Curry honed his craft in their gym. They, apparently, don’t want that.