Stephon Marbury had a reasonably successful NBA career. But his long list of accomplishments in America don’t hold a candle to what he has been able to achieve in China.
Marbury is so revered in China, he has been immortalized with his own statue and postage stamp. What’s more, a museum dedicated to the former New York Knicks star is set to open in Beijing next week. That’s right. Even Michael Jordan and Bill Russell don’t have museums. Marbury does.
Earlier this week, Marbury attended the grand opening of a 300-square foot museum in Beijing that will be opened to the public on Monday.
After a brief stint with Boston Celtics in 2010, Marbury left for China and rewrote history books. After leading the Beijing Ducks to three of the final four Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championships, he was named the finals MVP for the first time last season for averaging 29.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2 steals over the best-of-seven finals series.
Stephon Marbury, drafted fourth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA Draft, has enjoyed a career renaissance since moving to China five years ago. In fact, Marbury said his Beijing jersey means more to him than the jerseys he wore during his 15 years playing in the NBA. “My Beijing jersey means more to me than any of them. I don’t (say) that because of the championship, but just because I’m here at home and I’ve had a support system,” Marbury told china.org.cn.
“All those places that I’ve played at is a preparation for me to come to Beijing. For me, my Beijing jersey will be the jersey that I will retire here in China,” added the former Georgia Tech standout.
In 2012, a state of Marbury was erected outside the Beijing Ducks’ area. Last April, a postage stamp was unveiled in his honor after he led the Ducks to their latest championship. It’s safe to say that in China, Stephon Marbury has been truly immortalized.