In 2007, Stephon Marbury was on the verge of a tailspin with the New York Knicks, averaging 13.9 points and 4.7 assists per game in just 24 games that season. He was also named in the middle of Isaiah Thomas’ sexual harassment trial for sexually assaulting a team intern, a claim which turned out to be untrue.
True or not, though, things were in a bad place for Marbury then. But since reviving his career in China with the Beijing Ducks, things have taken a dramatic turn for the better. In the 2011-2012 Chinese Basketball Association season, he led the Ducks to their first ever CBA title.
Now, news has come out that Marbury will be an assistant coach for Beijing in the 2013 China National Games, which is more or less a mini-Olympics between the provinces of China.
From the report by NiuBBall.com:
In an interview on BTV, the 36 year-old guard announced that he will serve as an assistant coach for Beijing as they prepare to participate in the 2013 China National Games. He will work under his CBA head coach Min Lulei, who serves the same position for the Beijing Ducks.
Though it’s hard for American basketball fans to separate Marbury’s past from who he is today, largely because we don’t see him play in the CBA, this really does seem like an old fashioned story of redemption.
We may always remember Marbury as the shoot-first guard with his logo tattooed on the side of his head, but overseas it seems like he is becoming somewhat of an icon for Chinese basketball. Good for Starbury.
H/T to Ball Don’t Lie.
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