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After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball. He is so entrenched, he wants to one day coach China's national team. "I plan on living here for the rest of my life," the 37-year-old point guard and Brooklyn native said in an interview in the lobby of his plush apartment building in the heart of Beijing. "I think they respect me enough to be able to give me the opportunity." Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Marbury has capitalized on the opportunities China offers to foreign basketball players and other athletes capable of adjusting to the considerable cultural, linguistic and culinary challenges of life in the rising Asian power. Already dominant at the Olympics and Asian Games, the world's second largest economy is now undergoing a boom in professional sports stoked by foreign coaches and players. "I don't make nowhere near the money that I made when I was playing in the NBA," Marbury said, "but I'm way happier, so I mean, what is that to say?" Minneapolis Star-Tribune

October 6, 2014 Updates

Depending on whom you ask, Stephon Marbury's Chinese nickname (dulang -- the lone wolf) either came from his departure from the Timberwolves, leaving him a lone wolf wandering the NBA, or from his image as a selfish ball hog. Each Chinese fan I talk to insists that this selfish image is simply a misunderstanding. The performance to follow will make this very argument. Suddenly, explosions erupt on the massive projector screens behind the stage. A three-minute countdown begins. The P.A. system makes its standard plea discouraging the use of cell phones. In China, this is a ritual announcement that is religiously ignored, providing a glimpse of what the audience thinks is actually interesting. I join in as the lights dim, making sure my phone is ready to record. SportsonEarth

The next two hours of theatrical production are unlike anything I have ever witnessed. The story, which follows a pair of aspiring musicians trying to make it in Beijing, is a bizarre, comedic tale which forces basketball metaphors and wisdom from Marbury's life at every chance it gets. The protagonist duo is inspired to enter a musical competition after playing a game of pickup basketball with a completely random assortment of friends. The production's star, Mike Sui, an American actor in China with impeccable Chinese, implores, "We all have to work together, just like a basketball team." Moved by basketball's life lessons, the group of friends choreographs a musical dance performance with cheerleaders, basketball players dressed in Hawaiian-style uniforms, and an odd assortment of traditional Chinese costumes. SportsonEarth

August 28, 2014 Updates

Stephon Marbury’s turbulent decade in the N.B.A. was marked by public feuds and lackluster teams, but in recent years he has found a better basketball life in China, where he has led the Beijing Ducks to two national championships. The mutual love affair between Marbury, 37, and his adopted home of Beijing will reach a new milestone this fall when “I Am Stephon Marbury,” a musical about his life in China, opens in the capital with Marbury on stage, playing himself. New York Times

August 20, 2014 Updates

Life has been good for Stephon Marbury after leaving the NBA for China. In March, Marbury led the Beijing Ducks to their second Chinese Basketball Association title in three seasons. Marbury has become a star in China, where’s he’s been a five-time All-Star in five seasons. Marbury will play himself in a stage production about his life, which will depict the Ducks’ 2011-12 championship season. For The Win

July 23, 2014 Updates

Stephon Marbury talked with Sohu Sports about Mudiay coming to China: "Mudiay came to China and I think it's a great publicity for the Chinese basketball movement. I believe that his arrival could increase the appeal of the league and as a result its competitiveness, attracting new players to this state. We will welcome with open arms all the American players who wish to build a career here". Sportando

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Stephon Marbury, who plays for the Beijing Ducks, won his second CBA Championship after a 98-88 Game 6 win against the Xinjiang Flying Tigers. As you can see from the photos, Marbury was extremely emotional. He had been battling a knee injury all season, missing most of it, but returned for the playoff run: “I just want to thank my lord and savior Jesus Christ for getting me through one of the toughest years of my ­career,” Marbury said on his Sina Weibo account. “Winning the championship is great but building character as a team will ­prepare the future for the next generation to come. The Dynasty is now in ­motion.” The Big Lead

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The rosters for the upcoming CBA All-Star weekend have been finalized with fans voting for the team starters. The starting line-ups were selected by fan balloting across China. Fans had the opportunity to choose their favorite players via social media voting which began on November 25th and ended January 5th. Top vote-getter, Stephon Marbury (Beijing Ducks, point guard), led the pack with 847,868 to be a starter on the the Northern Division team. Unfortunately Marbury hasn’t returned to the court from the meniscus tear he suffered at the beginning of the season. He will be replaced by Lester Hudson (Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Guard). Asian Cagers

January 9, 2014 Updates

Former NBA player Stephon Marbury owes $35,700 on a Land Rover, Ford Motors claims in a collections complaint in Superior Court. Ford Motor Credit Co. sued the pro ballplayer - now with the Beijing Ducks - on Wednesday. The lawsuit does not identify him as the ballplayer, but the defendant is Stephon X. Marbury. The ballplayer's middle name is Xavier. Courthouse News

January 2, 2014 Updates

Anthony sat on the bench in a brown suit, missing his first game with a sprained left ankle. Marbury and Anthony are products of Brooklyn — Coney Island and Red Hook, respectively. Marbury became such a pariah among Knicks fans the Garden didn’t have the heart last week to put him on the scoreboard for a “once-a–Knick-always-a-Knick” introduction. “He saw Marbury get heckled by some fans on Christmas,’’ one source told The Post. “He doesn’t want to be the next Marbury. He’s very sensitive.” New York Post

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