Stephon Marbury has all the reasons to smile. Former NBA star has won his second consecutive championship in China, third in four years as he joined the Chinese Basketball Association.
“Jesus did it!! Back 2 Back championships! Keep talking behind my back and God gone keep blessing me in yo Face!,” Marbury tweeted after the victory.
Marbury averaged 29.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and two steals over the best-of-seven series, which Beijing won 4-2. In the final game, he racked-up 24 points, five rebounds, seven assists and four steals. He was named the MVP after the finals.
“This year, a lot of people criticized me, saying I was old, that I couldn’t play anymore. But I turned all that into fuel,” AP quoted Marbury, who struggled during the season with a knee injury.
“When we won the first championship, people said we couldn’t get another. After the second, people said you guys can’t repeat. Establishing a dynasty has always been my goal and my motivation,” Marbury said.
After the game, Marbury spoke to the reporters, telling them that he wanted to build a dynasty in Beijing.
“People called me crazy… I’m just thankful and I’m humble,” he said.
“I feel forever debted to China,” Marbury said. “To be told that you’re a loser, that you can’t win, and that you can’t do this, and you can’t do that, and then to come someplace without speaking the language with the cultural barriers, to be able to accomplish [what I have] is beyond anything.
Marbury had a roller-coaster NBA career in which he was twice named as an All-Star but also endured a string of disappointing stints with several NBA teams.
With his NBA options becoming limited, Marbury decided in 2010 to head for China in hopes of jump-starting his career.
Since arriving in Beijing, he’s become the unrivaled fan favorite and the team’s on-court leader — there is even a statue of him in front of the Ducks’ arena. He’s revived his sportswear line, become a mainstay of Chinese social media. Former NBA star said he plans to stay in China after retiring and hopes to coach the national team one day.
After some tumultuous times in the NBA, Marbury says he’s found peace in China and vindication over all those who questioned his talent and commitment.
“I left one place where they was basically hating me. And I come to another place where they love me? I’m like, ‘Why would I wanna go back to a place where they hate me? That makes no sense,” he told NY Post.
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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