Marbury hopes to work for China’s national basketball program

Copyright: AP photoFormer NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury said he would like to work for China’s national basketball program as he confirmed his retirement from pro basketball, AFP reported.

Marbury was expected to hang up his sneakers after the current season, which ends on February 11, and the 40-year-old affirmed that in a series of social media posts in which he professed his love for adopted home, China.

Marbury is among the most popular players in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) after becoming the first top former NBA star to switch to China, where he has thrived since arriving in 2010.

He went on to win three league titles with the Beijing Ducks before switching this season to the Beijing Fly Dragons.

Marbury said on China’s Twitter-like Weibo on Monday that the Fly Dragons’ season-closer on February 11 would be his “final cry”, as he thanked Chinese fans and players for their welcome.

“I want to work with the national team if asked. I think I can help be a part of the growth. China is home and Beijing is life,” Marbury said.

“I will be here forever, so I have time to help the youth. I want to add to China’s basketball foundation. I understand the culture and work ethic because I’m a part of it.”

Marbury was the fourth overall pick in the loaded 1996 NBA Draft that included Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Steve Nash and Ray Allen.

While Marbury was happy to escape to China, he still left enough of history in the NBA to recall it. 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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