Marbury, Yao, Wang Zhizhi to act in staged basketball play in China


marbury-bostonSeveral former NBA players, including Stephon Marbury will star in a theatrical play, according to SportsIllustrated.

Marbury will participate in a staged play based on his Chinese-basketball playing career called “I Was Marbury” which will appear at Beijing Wukesong Stadium in early October.

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

The play will focus on the 2011-12 season for the Beijing Ducks where Marbury lead them to their first championship but will be more than just a basketball play.

The play’s director, Zhou Wenhong, told Chinese media that the main theme of the play will be “never give up” and will incorporate choreographed basketball moves with dance.

Marbury, however, describes the play’s story in grander terms, saying in a press conference the play focuses on “Sino-US relations”. Former NBA star will play himself in the production, but will only appear in a few scenes — the story apparently focuses on other Chinese characters who have been inspired by Marbury.

yao-zhizhiAccording to the production’s official website, the show will have a different guest star each night, including former NBA players from China, Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi.

Yao played 8 years in the NBA – all for the Houston Rockets. He holds career averages of 19 points per game, 9.2 rebounds per game, and 1.9 blocks per game.

He appeared in 486 NBA games (476 started), and was selected to the NBA All-Star team 8 times. In July 2011, Yao announced his retirement from professional basketball due to a series of foot and ankle injuries which forced him to miss 250 games in his last six seasons.

Wang Zhizhi played 137 NBA games in his career that spanned 5 seasons. He played for the Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers and Miami Heat, holding career averages of 4.4 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 9.2 mpg.

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