Stephon Marbury Aiming for NBA Comeback
You remember ‘Starbury’, right? You know, Stephon Marbury.
Eight years ago, Stephon Marbury departed from the NBA for China where he transitioned into an international superstar. Best known in the NBA circles for being a star point guard, primarily with the New York Knicks, Marbury was also one of the more aggravating, immature players in the league.
Now, at 40-years of age, ‘Starbury’ is planning a comeback, and it seems like he means it!
I'm making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it's clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1. I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I'm motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love. It's been a blessing to play 13 years in the @nba and this year 9 years in the @cbachina China has groomed my game and my style of play. China made me sharp and consistent. We practice Monday-Wed from 9-11:45 and 3-5:45. Thursday one practice 9-11:45 and Friday-Sat same schedule as M-W. I thought I would die at first coming from the NBA where you can't practice that long before the season starts. Oh and we do that for over 40 days. This way of training can either break you or make you. I'd like to look at it as it made me. So I'm ready and prepared to take on a challenge I once faced but with chips under my belt along with all that has come with winning chips in China. Statues, museum, green card, Honorary citizen, ambassador for the environmental protection bureau, key to the city, only 30 people ever to receive the key to the city of Beijing and MY PEACE something no one can ever take. So with all of these things I feel complete and ready to turn towards the last page of my basketball dairy that I've been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High. I thank all of the positive energy from all those who showed it throughout my time away from the NBA. Thank you for always keeping it 100. @stephonmarbury_3 @espn @marcjspears @nytimes @nypost @nydailynews @newsday @slamonline #starburymovement #starbuy #loveislove
“Yes, it’s true,” Marbury, a two-time All-Star said in his Instagram video. “An N.B.A. comeback is coming. Love is love.”
Although it is unknown if there will be any interest around the league for the aging star, Marbury has had a very productive NBA career prior to moving to China. In 13-NBA seasons Marbury has averaged 19.3-points and 7.6-assists per game.