Sep 1, 2022 - News

Steph Curry gets a degree and a key to the city of Charlotte in one week

NBA superstar Stephen Curry takes a photo with Charlotte City Council. Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios

Steph Curry is not promising to play for the Hornets anytime soon, but he still has lots of love for Charlotte.

  • And it’s been reciprocated. On Thursday, Mayor Vi Lyles bestowed a key to the city to Curry.

“Charlotte is in my blood. It’s in my DNA,” the Golden State Warriors’ guard said in his acceptance speech. “I’m so proud. When anybody asks, ‘Where are you from?’ I wasn’t born here, but I am from Charlotte. Best 21 years of my life, spent it here, and I carry that with me everywhere I go.”

  • He hinted that he would consider the Hornets a top option behind the Warriors to play for. “I am not breaking any news right now. I am not making any promises,” he clarified to a roaring crowd in the City Council chambers.

Driving the news: Earlier this week, Curry received his diploma from Davidson College. The school also inducted him into its Hall of Fame and retired his jersey.

What they’re saying: “It means a lot to be able to come back here,” Curry said. “Even when I had a choice of colleges and where I wanted to pick, I only made it 30 exits up the road. I couldn’t get too far away. It took the luck of the NBA draft to pull me away from Charlotte, but every time I come back I beam with pride, and that will always continue.”

Flashback: Curry joins a list of other city key holders: Common in 2020, musician Anthony Hamilton in 2019 and NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson in 2014.

  • Retired Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis, who spoke at the ceremony, was honored in 2015. “I still haven’t figured out exactly what I can do with it,” Davis joked, and Curry said later in his speech the two would figure it out together.
Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios
Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios
Photo: Alexandria Sands/Axios
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