How playing in China saved Stephon Marbury’s life


marbury-china-1Stephon Marbury was basically given a new life in China, where he’s now considered not just a sports star, but a hero as well. But it wasn’t always like that. Back in 2009, when times were bad for Marbury, he considered taking his own life.

He said he was so depressed in 2009 that at times he “wanted to die”, and it didn’t come out of nowhere.

Marbury told HBO back in January 2015 that a number of factors, including his failing “Starbury” athletic shoe business, led to suicidal thoughts.

“I wanted to die,” Marbury said in the interview, according to ESPN.com. “I wanted to kill myself some days. I did . . . It wasn’t about basketball. It started to become about me. Because I was that depressed and I was that sick.”

Marbury said his father’s death in 2007 and his waning career with the New York Knicks, were also contributing factors. As his production on the court waned, so did demand for his sneakers.

“When everything went on with the Knicks, and, you know, my father passed on, the brand was – it was basically losing life slowly. And I was watching it. And I think that was hurting me more than seeing my basketball career going in the direction that it was going. I was trapped in my thoughts. I was trapped in how I felt about how I felt I was treated. I was trapped with decisions that I made.” Marbury said.

marbury-china-2After spending 13 seasons in the NBA, Marbury went to play in China’s Basketball Association. The result – his team, the Beijing Ducks won their second CBA title in three seasons.

Marbury has reportedly signed a three-year deal with the Ducks in 2013, ensuring that Marbury will play in China until he’s nearly 40, NY Daily News reported a while ago.

Marbury, who has played in the Chinese Basketball Association since 2010, is so popular in China that after leading the Beijing Ducks to a championship a statue was erected outside the team’s stadium.

Former NBA star once said that he plans on living in China for the rest of his life.

A college standout at Georgia Tech, Marbury was a first-round pick in the 1996 NBA draft by Milwaukee, but traded to Minnesota. He also played for New Jersey and Phoenix before joining the New York Knicks amid high expectations that were never realized. His last stop in the NBA was with Boston in 2009.

Marbury was a 2-time All-Star in the NBA, averaging 19.3 ppg, 7.6 apg in 846 career NBA games (816 started).



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