Stephon Marbury on NBA comeback goal: ‘I’ve spoken to a team’
Stephon Marbury earlier this week expressed a desire to close out his professional basketball career with an NBA comeback. With Marbury being 40 , his dreams would appear to be an extreme long shot at best. But to hear it from Marbury, who became a star over the years in the Chinese Basketball Association, his NBA dreams may not be outside the realm of possibility after all.
“I’ve spoken to a team,” Marbury said in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday night from Malaysia, via the Star Tribune. “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.”
Marbury is under contract with the CBA’s Beijing Fly Dragons and will play with that team this season after becoming a cultural icon in China while playing for the Beijing Ducks (2011-2017). But with the CBA season ending in February or March, Marbury hopes to catch on with an NBA team afterward.
Marbury started the chatter about a potential NBA comeback with the following tweet posted Tuesday.
It's time to combine. My next move is the best move. Working on the come back to the #nba pic.twitter.com/TaWjqwwekF
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) September 12, 2017
Marbury also posted the following video on Instagram where he laid out his plans in more detail.
I’m making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it’s clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1. I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I’m motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love. It’s been a blessing to play 13 years in the @nba and this year 9 years in the @cbachina China has groomed my game and my style of play. China made me sharp and consistent. We practice Monday-Wed from 9-11:45 and 3-5:45. Thursday one practice 9-11:45 and Friday-Sat same schedule as M-W. I thought I would die at first coming from the NBA where you can’t practice that long before the season starts. Oh and we do that for over 40 days. This way of training can either break you or make you. I’d like to look at it as it made me. So I’m ready and prepared to take on a challenge I once faced but with chips under my belt along with all that has come with winning chips in China. Statues, museum, green card, Honorary citizen, ambassador for the environmental protection bureau, key to the city, only 30 people ever to receive the key to the city of Beijing and MY PEACE something no one can ever take. So with all of these things I feel complete and ready to turn towards the last page of my basketball dairy that I’ve been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High. I thank all of the positive energy from all those who showed it throughout my time away from the NBA. Thank you for always keeping it 100. @stephonmarbury_3 @espn @marcjspears @nytimes @nypost @nydailynews @newsday @slamonline #starburymovement #starbuy #loveislove
Marbury last played in the NBA in 2009. He 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. In July, Marbury announced he would suit up for a “last and final season” in the CBA before retiring from professional basketball for good.
But according to Marbury, perhaps the final chapter of his pro basketball career might be in the NBA after all.