Stephon Marbury Rumors

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The NBA has been celebrating Kobe Bryant since his announcement last month that he is retiring after this season – his 20th in the league. But former NBA player Stephon Marbury says China’s basketball fans would far exceed the adulation Bryant is receiving in the NBA if he were to wrap up his career in the Chinese Basketball Association. “They love him here. It is a little bit past love. It would be like the biggest thing ever in basketball here,” Marbury told Yahoo Sports in a recent phone interview. “It would be beyond huge. Beyond big. I would definitely encourage it. They love basketball here. You can’t control the excitement.”
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With games only on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and no back-to-backs, Marbury believes Bryant could be effective playing in China and would enjoy the overall experience. But it is different. “I try to tell people that it’s not easy playing here because you are always on the court playing,” Marbury told Yahoo Sports. “You still got to put the ball in the hole. You still got to [succeed]. Guys say, ‘Oh, it’s not competition.’ It’s not the competition in the NBA, but it’s still competition. You still have a defense trying to stop you, and they’re really trying to stop you because they know you are one of the best players. It’s basically how it is at home [for stars].”