It's not uncommon for fringe NBA players to make the transition to the Chinese Basketball Association to continue their dream of playing professional basketball. There have been few that have found such success as former New York Knicks' guard Stephon Marbury.
Marbury played five frustrating season with the Knicks' which culminated in public feuds with coaches Larry Brown and Isaiah Thomas, that ultimately ended his stay in New York. Things weren't any better off the court as the embattled Marbury was dealing with failed investments, specifically his "Starbury" shoe line, and the sudden passing of his father from a heart attack in 2007.
"I wanted to die. I wanted to kill myself some days," Marbury told Bryant Gumbel in an HBO interview in January.
After a short run with the Boston Celtics, Starbury sought to resume his career with the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons of the CBA before ultimately landing with the Beijing Ducks, where his fortunes would change. Marbury has since led the Ducks' to three championships, including the 2015 crown, averaging 18.4 points, while adding 5.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds-per-game.Read more... Join the Conversation...