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Stephon Marbury to get statue in China because 1 million fans want it

Apr 10, 2012, 4:10 PM EDT

Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury (C)

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.

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  1. danger19 - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    To bad his brother A.I. isn’t as smart as him.

  2. drunkenjunk - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    “but he couldn’t be the MVP because league rules require that to be a China-born player.”
    Wtf is that about?
    Good for Marbury, wish him the best.

  3. thebigcaptain2011 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:10 PM

    @drunkenjunk
    It’s because China hates everyone else.
    Anyway, I think this is pretty cool. He has made his home over there and became a cultural icon. Yeah, things didn’t end well in the NBA but when life serves you lemons….

  4. ezmagic - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    It’s china bro lol. Strict rules..I think a statue in the most populated country is better than an MVP anyway. He’s about to become a legend over there. High five Stephon!

  5. preston0036 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    good for him!!!!

  6. kinggw - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Awesome!

  7. lakerade - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Congrats to marbury, i don’t know the guy but nice to hear he found his basketball self and won a chip in the process.

  8. nygrwy - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    Yeah great job. You could not hack it in the NBA where there was a level playing field so you go and run circles around 2nd rate talent. Something to be proud of.

    Its like an 18 yr old helping a middle school to win a championship

    • mbhcu98 - Apr 12, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      There’s always one idiot no matter where you go. You win.

  9. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    that’s awesome! what a hell of a story! somebody could make a killer sports movie about it…

  10. glink123 - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    I personally didn’t expect this from Marbury, and there’s no reason to knock him for this. At this stage of his career, achievement is difficult. Ask Antoine Walker. Ask Allen Iverson. For Marbury to overcome a language barrier, and a cultural barrier, and play at a high level, it shows he still loves the game. Good for him, man. Winning is winning, in any language.

  11. BigBeachBall - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Why did they use chocolate to make the statue and not a metal?

    • hoozecn - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:13 AM

      It is just a ‘blueprint’ of the Bronze statue.

  12. progress2011 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    This is a prime example of the ” Stern Politics” of the NBA !!! David Stern has ran numerous guys outta the league because he could not control them and make them a choir boy.

    Nonetheless the guys could/ can play ball !!!

    There is no doubt in my mind, Marbury and A.I. would be starters on NBA teams “today”….if they begged Stern for forgiveness and promised to remove all of their tatt’s !!!

    Several teams where they could contribute immediately – Portland, Toronto, Atlanta, Cleveland, Charlotte, New Orleans and Utah, to name the most obvious.

    I haven’t seen A.I. play recently but Marbury will give several starters on winning teams, a run for their money.

    At the end of the day, all I’m saying is ” Stern Politics ” has robbed paying fans of good talented players because of his OCD Control issues, over players.

    This is a Prime example of a guy that can still play at an elite level, get a statue in a closed society but still can’t start on a team as horrible as the Bobcats…..REALLY !!!

    • theonlysaneblazerfan - Apr 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Wow you are completely out of touch with reality. Stern has no control over teams offering these guys a contract. No team wanted them because they are head cases with massive egos and they wreak havoc in locker rooms. David Stern has done some suspect things over the years but he is not telling teams what free agents they are allowed to sign.

    • jb24fan - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Pure nonsense. You seen the Grizz lately? GILBERT ARENAS.

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