HoopsHype Stephon Marbury rumors

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In his own locker room, he’s Ma Dao, the undisputed leader of the team. He is lauded as an on-court coach by head coach Min Lulei. His Chinese teammates point to his positive attitude and work ethic as major reasons this year’s team came together so quickly, going from an eighth seed in last year’s playoffs to champions. Two rookies, Zhu Yanxi and Zhai Xiaochuan, both of whom played critical roles in Beijing’s success this year, were selected to the National Team training camp roster this summer; they credit Marbury with helping them achieve that. NiuBBall.com

April 1, 2012 Updates

Good thing Stephon Marbury's making bank playing ball in China -- because his L.A. mansion was just sold at a foreclosure auction. According to new court docs, obtained by TMZ, Stephon owed $3.1 million on the 7-bdrm 8-bath 8,000 sq. ft. L.A. property -- and the house was just sold to a lucky buyer for $2.275 million. The docs don't say whether the bank plans to go after Marbury for the balance -- or if this settles his debt. TMZ.com

Knicks reserve swingman J.R. Smith, who played against Marbury in China during the regular season, said Marbury was “in the best shape I’d seen him in’’ and felt he would be one of the better point guards in the NBA. But Smith said every conversation he’s had with Marbury indicated the two-time All-Star wants to continue his Chinese career for marketing reasons. Smith said Marbury became “more of a leader’’ this season in China. New York Post

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

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