Stephon Marbury RumorsAll NBA Players
22 Dec 15
Stephon Marbury is so big in China that he’s been immortalized with his own statue and postage stamp. Now a museum dedicated to the former NBA star is set to open next week. Marbury attended the grand opening for the 300-square foot museum in Beijing on Monday. It is scheduled to open to the public next Monday.
With two additional seasons on his contract with the Beijing Ducks, Marbury says he will live in China once he is done playing. He overcame knee surgery two years ago and has had no physical setbacks, but the question remains: How much basketball does Marbury have left? “I want to play until my body tells me to stop,” Marbury told Yahoo Sports.
He says he has no regrets about not returning to the NBA and says the CBA allows him to be himself. “Playing in the NBA was easy,” Marbury told Yahoo Sports. “It was more about the other things. My personality was a little too strong. I stood for something, and I didn’t allow myself to be a mute when I was told to follow what was being said when I felt different. I had my own opinions about it. It was a struggle and a battle for some people. I give my vision [in China]. I give my thoughts. I am honest and I am real with what’s real.”
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.”
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].”