Stephon Marbury explains why he’s worthy of Hall of Fame


Stephon Marbury, a former NBA star, who turned himself into a superstar in China, is finally calling it quits, as he plans to retire after 22 seasons in pro basketball.

Since leaving the league in 2009, Marbury has played in China, where he’s starred on three China Basketball Association teams.

“I’m tired, man. I’m tired. I played 22 years,” Marbury said. “It’s all good. I’m straight with how it is right now. I like being able to have control over going out the way I want to go out. I’m 100 percent at peace with it. One hundred percent.”

Marbury averaged 19.3 points, 7.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 14 seasons, but hit rock bottom during a surreal 24-hour livestream meltdown during the summer of 2009 that raised questions about his sanity and emotional stability. The two-time NBA All-Star has become a Chinese basketball legend after leaving the NBA in ignominious fashion.

Marbury initially embarked on his fresh start with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons of the Chinese Basketball Association in 2010 after wearing out his welcome in the NBA.

His redemption tour peaked during his five seasons as a Beijing Duck, during which he claimed three CBA Championships and a CBA Finals MVP. He was honored with his own statue by the Beijing Ducks while his life story was adapted into a Chinese play and a movie.

Marbury also believes he’s worthy of the Basketball Hall of Fame. While being a star in the NBA, Marbury didn’t reach the heights of Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant. And yet, he thinks he has what it takes to be in the HoF.

“I have three championships in a country where I don’t speak the language,” Marbury told ESPN. “I have accomplished so much in a place where basketball has taken off, heightened and gone to a whole other level. And I had something to do with it. I’m not a younger player seeing all this. I am an older playing seeing all this. So I am in a moment seeing that happening while it’s happening. Everything is all transparent is while it’s taking place.”

Marbury also believes that his huge success in China could help him on his way to the Hall of Fame.

“I have three championships in a country where I don’t speak the language,” Marbury told ESPN. “I have accomplished so much in a place where basketball has taken off, heightened and gone to a whole other level. And I had something to do with it. I’m not a younger player seeing all this. I am an older playing seeing all this. So I am in a moment seeing that happening while it’s happening. Everything is all transparent is while it’s taking place.”

“It’s the Basketball Hall of Fame, not the NBA Hall of Fame. So, for basketball, I played in Olympics, I played in the Junior Olympics. With what I’ve done and given to basketball is all hall of fame,” Marbury said.

A six-time CBA All-Star, Marbury is a hugely popular player in the China, even featured in a movie and on a postage stamp. He told ESPN it’s much tougher playing in the country than people think.

“People don’t even know how hard it is to play in China,” Marbury said. “People think it is easy for the foreign players, but it is really not. It’s difficult.”

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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