At 40 Years Of Age, Stephon Marbury Is Making A Comeback To The NBA Right After Starburys Did.
The man is back. After 9 years of racking up the yen and becoming a Chinese basketball legend (and that could be an understatement), Coney Island’s finest is calling it a career but, not after one last season and he wants that season to be in the NBA. He took to Instagram to make the announcement in what might be the longest Instagram caption you’ve ever seen.
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
When you look at the top point guards in the league, you can see the influence of guys like Iverson and Stephon Marbury. They score first and pass second but, when they score, it’s special. This is counter the position of point guard was designed to be. So, guys like Iverson and Marbury took a lot of heat for playing this way despite the stats looking the way they do. Here’s an example of what I mean.
But in 2015, Stephen Curry showed that you can even win a championship being a score first point guard. It’s a different era in the NBA and he is a pioneer.
Now for China…
He’s a legend over there. Many former NBA players have played in the Chinese Basketball Association including stars but, none have been better than him. He’s averaged 20+ points multiple times in his seasons over there, has won multiple championships, has had multiple 40+ games and, has a statue over there. He’s a king in China. However, he’s from Brooklyn and wants to retire in the country where he made his name.
He alluded to the CBA training being almost more rigorous than the NBA training so, he should still be in good shape. Starburys made a return in the U.S. before he did but, now, he’s back.
Which team should sign him and which team should he retire with? Knicks fans, y’all want him back for a season?