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Former New York Knicks Guard Stephon Marbury Playing Himself in Chinese Play

August 22nd, 2014 at 3:45 AM
By Matt Agne

Some would say that Stephon Marbury played himself towards the end of his NBA career. He was involved in controversy, scandal and made himself appear crazy by crying into a camera. However, he's resurrected his playing career and reputation with his success in the Chinese Basketball Association. Now Marbury will have the chance to play himself on stage.

Not only is Stephon Marbury getting his own play. He's going to have the opportunity to star in a play as himself about himself. Only in China. Where else would the former New York Knicks point guard have a play written about himself let along get to star in it?

Apparently Marbury is the Michael Jordan of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA). After playing 13 NBA seasons, with two All-Star appearances, he was basically asked to leave the states. However, he's become legendary in China since moving there in January 2009 to continue his career.

He's won a title, had a statue of himself erected and will now he's gong to star in a play as himself about his journey to becoming a champion in China with the 2011-12 Beijing Ducks.

Ben Sin at Sports Illustrated reports Marbury will star as himself and other players will make appearances as well.

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".

Marbury 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.

According to the production's official website, the show will have a different guest star each night, including Yao Ming and former NBA journeyman Wang Zhizhi.

It's easy for someone to consider this entire story ridiculous. Quite frankly, it is. That being said, Marbury has made a flawless transition into Chinese culture. He's taken it seriously and he's played well, even at 37 years old.

He hasn't embarrassed himself. Instead, he's embraced the people of China and its basketball culture. He's not only built the CBA's legacy but he's gone from NBA star to CBA legend. He's build his brand his future as an international figure.

This play will probably be a sideshow. However, if there's anything Marbury has shown us in his time in China it's that nothing he does over there should be taken with a grain of salt. For all we know he could end up winning the Chinese version of a Tony award. Now that would be worth shedding a tear over.

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