Apr 10, 2012, 4:10 PM EST
Stephon Marbury has taken the improbable journey from New York Knicks distraction and cast off to hero of Beijing basketball.
When he went to China it was with plenty of us snickering , but the guy has jumped into the Chinese team and culture with both feet, launched his own line of shoes, helped grow the team and now he is the guy who led his team to its first ever Chinese Basketball Association title.
He averaged 33.4 points per game in the final series — but he couldn’t be the MVP because league rules require that to be a China-born player.
So HoopChina.com started a campaign to recognize Marbury with a statue (hat tip to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie and Sean Sweeney at Dime). Within a week more than 1 million people had signed the petition and the project had taken on a life of it’s own.
That was enough to turn the idea of a Marbury statue into reality. Below are a couple photos. It is a recreation of Marbury when he held up the championship trophy. Snicker if you want, but he has done good and made himself a legend in the world’s most populous nation. And he gets a statue.
- Jimmy Butler even plans to play defense in the All-Star Game 7
- Damian Lillard “disappointed,” “disrespected” not to make All-Star team 41
- DeMarcus Cousins replaces Kobe Bryant in All-Star game 10
- Tyson Chandler, better than ever, thinking legacy 8
- Report: Magic close to firing Jacque Vaughn 15
- Three Things We Learned in NBA Thursday: The All-Star Rosters need to be expanded 29
- One day after having surgery, Kobe Bryant came to see Pau Gasol 7
- Report: Dwight Howard could miss “extended time” with knee injury 5