HoopsHype Stephon Marbury rumors

April 1, 2012 Updates
March 31, 2012 Updates

He averaged 33.4 points in the 5-game series, but he couldn’t get the Final MVP trophy. According to CBA rules, only native Chinese players are eligible. For me, this was hard to believe, and I called the rule into question on the front page of Titan Sports Weekly, the most popular sports newspaper in China. “This is a league that have declared they want to be an international pro league, but the rules point in a negative direction,” I wrote. “If there was any change, it should occur next season at least,” an officer of CBA, Bai Xilin said. SheridanHoops

Marbury didn’t care. “This is the league of Chinese, it was reasonable that they wanna to issue the MVP to Chinese players. I did not care for the MVP trophy, but did for the championship. That’s what I have dreamed about for years since my childhood,” the 35-year-old Marbury said. “I was standing on the opposite side of the whole world,” Marbury said of his move to China three years ago. “There wasn’t anybody who believed in me in the U.S., they all said something just like: ‘He wouldn’t pass the ball to anyone on the court’, or ‘He wasn’t able to integrate into any team’. So I didn’t tell them that I had decided to play in China, because I know if they were informed of it, there shouldn’t be any positive report. They would say: “He just wants to sell his shoes in China.’ ” SheridanHoops

March 30, 2012 Updates

Stephon Marbury (No.3) of the Beijing Ducks goes up for a shot against Zhou Peng (No.11) of the Guangdong Hongyuan during the 5th game of China Basketball Association finals at the Beijing's MasterCard Center, March 30, 2012. [Photo: Cfp.cn] Beijing Ducks, led by former NBA star Stephon Marbury who notched game-high 41 points on Friday night, clinched their first-ever title of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league. CRI.cn

March 22, 2012 Updates

After his tears had dried up, Stephon Marbury was the star of Game 1 of the Chinese Basketball Association finals. Marbury scored a game-high 36 points with five assists, five rebounds and one altercation as the Beijing Ducks went 1-0 up in their best-of-seven CBA finals against the defending champions Guangdong Southern Tigers with a 108-101 victory Wednesday night. Prior to the series, when the Ducks qualified to play the defending champions (who now have Aaron Brooks in their arsenal), the 35-year-old former NBA-All-Star did not restrain his emotions, letting tears roll down his cheeks. SheridanHoops

March 20, 2012 Updates

It will be the first Finals berth for Marbury in either the NBA or CBA. The 35-year-old couldn't contain his emotions, bursting into tears after the game and crying on coach Min Lulei's shoulder in the locker room. Marbury spent almost ten minutes leaning against the bathroom wall with his hands covering his tear-stained face before facing the media in a packed locker room. Since landing in the league in 2010 with Shanxi, Marbury has vowed he would claim a championship. It's always been a longshot, with the seven-time champion Guangdong Southern Tigers standing in the way. "Since I came, I said it was my goal to make the final," Marbury said. "A lot of people called me crazy. Some of my friends said 'I don't know if it will happen'. This team, they showed me something totally different from those that I've been on. I saw something inside of the players that I never seen before as far as the guys want to reach the finals." CRI.cn

March 13, 2012 Updates

A program about two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, who has adjusted well to life in China after moving here in 2010, will be the first of 14 nonfiction documentaries from the Vibrant China series. The New Life of the Lone Wolf episode about Marbury captures the series' spirit, which focuses on China's contemporary pulse. The series is produced by Five Star Legend Corp. "The idea of putting the spotlight on Marbury is driven by our desire to stand out from other companies that pitched programs to CCTV-9, the documentary channel," Five Star Legend's producer Gu Hui explains. China.org.cn

Marbury was quoted Tuesday by the official China Daily as saying he and the fans had been separated by guards. However, he disputed reports he'd hit a fan. "I didn't do that," Marbury said. "How could I do that over the security guards?" NBA.com

February 29, 2012 Updates
February 21, 2012 Updates

Some Nets officials were reminded of a trip across the Hudson River seven years ago with Jason Kidd. Back then, Stephon Marbury had sniffed over suggestions that Kidd was a superior player, and Marbury declared himself the best point guard in the NBA on the eve of a Nets-Knicks game. “You couldn’t even talk to Jason that day,” one official said. “Seven hours before the game, and J-Kidd was in a full rage. You knew what was coming that night.” Yahoo! Sports

February 2, 2012 Updates

I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask you about the Marbury-for-Kidd trade, even if you’ve been asked thousands of times. Would you have made that trade today, with all the advanced analytics and stats we have now? Thorn: Marbury was 22 and he was a great young player — an All-Star. Kidd was 28 and had a lot of problems. I had been around Kidd with the [2000] Olympic team in Puerto Rico. Every player wanted to play with Jason Kidd. Nobody on that team wanted to play with Stephon. Nobody wanted to play with the guy. Kidd had every intangible you could possibly have. He guarded. He rebounded. He was great chemistry-wise because he passed the ball. Even though at the time there was a lot of criticism because of the difference in ages, I knew it was a good trade, because I had been around both guys, and I knew who was a better player. Kidd made our team twice as good right away. SI.com

February 1, 2012 Updates

The N.B.A. was far more popular, with higher television ratings and a huge fan base crazy about Kobe Bryant and other stars. The N.B.A. also had Yao Ming, the Chinese center who became an All-Star with the Houston Rockets and was so popular in China that domestic television ratings doubled and tripled for Rockets games. Those advantages are now fading. Unable to overcome injuries, Yao retired from the N.B.A. after last season and is a part of the C.B.A. as the owner and public face of its team in Shanghai. Television ratings for the Chinese league have jumped, partly because of the added star appeal of exiled N.B.A. players like Chandler, while ratings for the N.B.A. have declined since Yao’s peak years. The C.B.A. has also received a boost from its most surprising star, Stephon Marbury, who has proved unexpectedly adroit at public relations in China after his tumultuous time in the N.B.A. Perhaps the N.B.A.’s biggest challenge of all is that the C.B.A. is part of the Chinese government, under the control of the ruling Communist Party. New York Times

January 2, 2012 Updates
December 7, 2011 Updates

“The attitude toward how they do business is totally different,” but that doesn’t translate to a whole lot of difference for business owners,” Mr. Marbury said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. “Some people speak about it being a Communist country, and I’m like well, in America [there’s] democracy, but there are just rules before they tell you you can’t do something. Here in China they just tell you right away, ‘No you can’t do that.’” Wall Street Journal

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.