Two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury told ESPN’s The Undefeated that he is at peace with his 22-year professional basketball career ending in China on Feb. 11 — just days before he turns 41 years old.
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The three-time CBA champion says he is “tired” and plans to return to his offseason home in Los Angeles after his finale in China. While Marbury also plans to stay in shape — “just in case” an NBA team calls this season — he says he’s “at peace” with his pro career ending in China.
Marbury said he believes his entire basketball résumé is worthy of an induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as an international candidate. “My numbers are Hall of Fame. That’s first,” Marbury said. “You look at guys who have never won championships on the globe, they are in the Hall of Fame. Two, what I have done to help basketball globally to bridge the gap from America to China, with China being one of the main components on the Earth for basketball, that right there alone should bridge that gap.”
“I do want to get on the court. I want to finish my career playing basketball in China, playing basketball in America and possibly playing in the BIG3. I want to give the fans and those who supported me the opportunity to see me for the last time playing on the basketball court.”
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Stephon Marbury hopes to finish off his basketball career back in the NBA. The 40-year old guard is playing in the Chinese Basketball Association this season for the Beijing Fly Dragons and when the league ends in February or March he wants to join an NBA franchise. “I’ve spoken to a team,” Marbury told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Malaysia on Wednesday night. “It’s still premature right now, but I’m open to coming back and trying to play that veteran leadership role. … For myself it’s a perfect ending being able to mend ties. It will be a team that I will be able to help and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity to be at my age to be able to hoop. I’m thankful for that. A lot of people can’t walk at my age.”
Al knows what he’s talking about … dude’s a 16-year NBA vet and reigning BIG3 champ — and, most importantly, chats with Marbury all the time. Harrington was literally seconds away from hitting up Stephon when TMZ Sports found him in L.A. — and asked if he seriously thought the 40-year-old could still ball with the best. “Vince Carter doin’ it, so why not?” BUT … “I think he’d be better served in the BIG3.” Al told us he’s actually been recruiting Starbury for Ice Cube’s league … but it’s up to his boy to choose — or just DO BOTH!
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Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury will play one more year in the Chinese Basketball Association, he announced Wednesday. Marbury, who had played for the Beijing Ducks since 2011, posted on his Instagram account that he will play with the Beijing Fly Dragons next season.
Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury will continue his basketball career in China for one more season, playing for the same city that helped resurrect his career — only this time in a different jersey. After failing to reach an agreement this summer with the Beijing Ducks, where Marbury won three Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championships in four years, the 40-year-old guard posted on Instagram Wednesday that he will join the BeiKong Fly Dragons, the other Beijing-based CBA team that is eager for both competition and attention.
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“We agreed that I would leave this season and the door is always open to coach. They had the option for me to play or coach, and they wanted me to coach. It’s understandable at my age, but my age doesn’t dictate my game. This gives me strong desire to work hard and try my best to come back to help a team win a [championship],” Marbury told The Undefeated.
Stephon Marbury has been released from the final year of his contract with the Beijing Ducks after winning three championships in six seasons. Marbury, 40, declined an opportunity to coach with Beijing and hopes to sign with another Chinese Basketball Association team.
Stephon Marbury: “We agreed that I would leave this season and the door is always open to coach. They had the option for me to play or coach and they wanted me to coach. It’s understandable at my age, but my age doesn’t dictate my game. “
The Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Ducks announced Stephon Marbury’s departure on Friday, terminating his two-year contract due to the dispute of Marbury’s role and salary in the next season. The contract included a team option for Marbury as a player or an assistant coach for the 2017-18 season. After several rounds of negotiations, Marbury turned down the assistant coach offer, insisting to play for another season before the team decided to terminate the contract.
In the letter, Marbury indicated that he will still play in the CBA for the next season. “I appreciate them allowing me to keep competing and winning in this great league the CBA. I have not decided which team yet…but there is one thing I’m 100% sure of no matter the team I play for the love between me and the club is always there, we will keep working with each other in the future,” wrote Marbury.
You’re closer to the end of your playing days than the beginning. How many years do you think you have left? – Stephon Marbury: I really don’t know, to be honest. You see how I’m running? I don’t think I have to be too much faster than that to play basketball.
Marbury is quite possibly the most popular African-American in the city’s history and likely the country, too. And the Ducks are expected to be the last basketball team he plays for professionally. Now with one more year left on his Beijing contract, he said he didn’t entertain an inquiry from the Houston Rockets after winning his first title in China in 2012. “I basically kept telling them I wasn’t interested, and I really wasn’t,” said Marbury. “That was not where my mind was. They had just talked about erecting a statue for me and the last thing I was thinking about was playing back in the NBA.”
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