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Stephon Marbury has a statue in front of the arena, a play based on his life, three Chinese Basketball Association titles and now will have a postage stamp named in his honor in a ceremony Saturday in Beijing, according to the former Knick. The Coney Islander has won three titles for the Beijing Ducks in four years, including last month’s triumph over the Liaoning Flying Leopards, during which he was series MVP. “It’s starting to take on a life of its own,’’ Marbury told The Post on Friday. New York Post

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But new Wizards guard Will Bynum, who signed a 10-day contract with Washington last Friday, was the 27-year-old Yi’s teammate in China on the Guangdong Southern Tigers for three months earlier this year and emphasized Yi is capable of an NBA comeback. “Yi’s [expletive] good,” Bynum said after Wizards practice Thursday. “I played against him when he was here too, when he was in Milwaukee and Jersey. He got a whole lot better. He’s physical now. He always could shoot the basketball. He’s rolling. Yi’s tough, man. He’s a matchup nightmare over there.” Washington Post

“He said he would but it has to be the right situation with the right point guard where they believe in him,” Bynum said. “But Yi can definitely be a force over here.” Washington Post

He stuck it out in China, rehabbed his ankle, brought his mother over to live with him, and even developed close bonds with teammates to the point that he was calling Guangdong captain Zhu Fangyu his “Chinese Brother.” Developing relationships with teammates went a long ways and earned a lot of respect in the locker room. Instead of being the prima-donna big shot hype from America, Mudiay was now just one of the guys. Exactly the way Mudiay wants it, his natural point guard mentality of putting everyone else first showing through. HoopsHype

One would think as an 18 year old in China with deep pockets, extra down time, and all the foreign media attention on him, there would be a few stories here and there popping up of Mudiay run-ins with the law, extravagant parties, or even just late nights out in the city. Nope, none. I asked numerous knowledgeable trusted sources in China to find any interesting behind-the-scenes story that they could provide on Mudiay, but to no avail. Clean as a whistle. A far cry from another American import a couple years earlier – JR Smith. HoopsHype

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From suicidal thoughts to the top of the Chinese Basketball Association, Stephon Marbury’s truly improbable resurrection story hit another zenith Sunday, as the 38-year-old won a third title with the Beijing Ducks and was named Finals MVP. That’s back-to-back championships for Marbury and the Ducks, who knocked off the Liaoning Flying Leopards, 106-98, behind 24 points, seven assists, five rebounds and four steals from the former Knicks star. New York Post

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