Stephon Marbury to play ‘last and final season’ with Beijing Fly Dragons
Stephon Marbury announced earlier this week on social media that he will suit up for a “last and final season” in the Chinese Basketball Association before retiring from professional basketball for good. But it won’t be with the Beijing Ducks, the CBA team where Marbury won three championships on his way to becoming a sports icon in Asia.
Instead, Marbury announced in an Instagram post he’ll be joining the Fly Dragons, the Ducks’ crosstown rivals.
So the story goes like this. I’m staying in Beijing for my last and final season. The other Beijing team. I have to put on for the city no matter the team. It’s a different mission and vision over here in the JING. The fans said stay so I’m staying. They said “we will love you no matter where you go” It’s hard to leave that type of love. Thanking God for another contract! #Blessed by the most high. #loveislove #starbury
Marbury later posted video of him showcasing his contract with the Fly Dragons.
Marbury, 40, spent six seasons with the Ducks, winning those aforementioned three titles. Marbury and the team couldn’t come to terms on a deal for the upcoming season.
To say Marbury became a superstar in China would be an understatement. So much so, in fact, that there is an upcoming biopic on Marbury entitled “My Other Home” in which Marbury actually portrays himself? Here’s the trailer.
Marbury also starred in the eponymously entitled musical “I Am Marbury” in 2014.
Marbury of course enjoyed far more professional success in China than during his lengthy NBA career in the NBA split between the Minnesota Timberwolves New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and briefly the Boston Celtics.
Marbury then traveled to China to continue his career in 2010, playing for the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and Foshan Dralions before finding a home in 2011 with the Ducks. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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