“Stephon Marbury really has a whole museum in China entirely dedicated to him!” : How the former Knicks star became a living legend in China after a disappointing NBA career
Former NBA star Stephon Marbury found redemption in China after a disappointing NBA career and is now considered a Chinese legend.
At the time, Stephon Marbury was one of the most entertaining players to watch in the league at any given time. The 6’2 guard was actually the 4th overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks and was immediately dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Ray Allen and a future 1st rounder.
During his early years in the NBA, Marbury showed promise, forming a dangerous duo with Kevin Garnett in Minnesota. However, the 2x All star’s ego coupled with various off-field issues led him to demand a trade away from the team. This decision was essentially the beginning of the end of Marbury’s NBA career.
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) April 23, 2020
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Over the next few seasons, the point guard was part of a few teams and gained a reputation as a troublemaker in the dressing room. Especially during his tenure with the New York Knicks, where everything fell apart for the former lottery pick.
Stephon Marbury loses his father in the middle of a match.
On December 2, 2007, Donald, Stephon’s father, sat in the stands to watch his son, then a New York Knick, take on the Suns. While the 2x all-star lost the match, he suffered a much deeper loss while the match was in progress. Donald died after suffering chest pain early in the game.
In fact, Marbury was not informed of his father’s death until after the game at the request of Marbury’s family. In fact, this loss even affected his performance on the pitch, as well as his mental health. As a result, he had a mental breakdown on his infamous 24-hour livestream, which ultimately led him to struggle with suicide and depression.
—Jason C. (@netw3rk) June 30, 2019
Everything seemed catastrophic for the former Suns guard. However, life has a funny way of giving you a second chance. But Marbury had to travel all the way to China for redemption.
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Stephon Marbury finds new life in China.
When the former lottery pick left to play in the Chinese basketball league, not even his most optimistic fan would have predicted the level of success Marbury would have. In fact, he failed to reach the playoffs with Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and Foshan Dralions. However, Marbury turned things around when he joined the Beijing Ducks.
In fact, the Ducks have won three titles in four years. The feat was so impressive that the team made a life-size statue outside their stadium. Moreover, there are even various stamps and even a museum in his name. However, Marbury’s work was not limited to the court.
Marbury was a great philanthropist in China, giving back to the society that adopted him as one of their own. The former Knick helped raise money to build schools and fight leukemia. In 2015, he was named one of Beijing’s Top 10 Model Citizens. In fact, Marbury open about moving to China once everything was better –
“My father’s death was devastating for my family. During that time when my pops died – I didn’t have my depression when I was on live TV. I had my depression when I was at home, in silence. As for depression, and you’re in a space where you don’t want to eat, cry, try to figure out how and why. For me, when it happened, basketball was the furthest thing from my mind.
Going to China was just another way of doing things. I had never been to China! I didn’t know anything about China! People thought, He’s just going there to make money. I didn’t even know what I could do in China to develop my brand.
People never knew. They just took their own ideas and put them on paper. They talked to people about it on TV and radio about why I did what I did when it wasn’t about it. I came completely naked and vulnerable to learn and love something completely different. So it was an opportunity, and I took it.”
“When I got here, they lifted my spirits. And during that time, I needed it. @fibawc
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) October 18, 2019
Stephon Marbury’s life story is an inspiration to all of us. It shows us that no matter how depressed we are, if we work on ourselves and strive for greatness, everything will eventually work out.
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