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Coach Stephon Marbury? Yes. It happened in Beijing.

Mar 18, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury cel Getty Images

Stephon Marbury is a basketball hero in Beijing — he helped his team, the Beijing Ducks — win a Chinese Basketball Association title. He has a statue of him in the city.

And now he’s a coach there.

The Ducks have been bounced from the CBA playoffs but Marbury will stick with the team and coach them in the national games coming up in the summer, reports the fantastic blog that covers the Chinese League (via SLAM).

In an interview on BTV, the 36 year-old guard announced that he will serve as an assistant coach for Beijing as they prepare to participate in the 2013 China National Games. He will work under his CBA head coach Min Lulei, who serves the same position for the Beijing Ducks.

The National Games, which happen once every four years, are completely separate from the Chinese Basketball Association season. As a sort of intra-China Olympics, the National Games pit the country’s different provinces against each other in various athletic events, including basketball.

Yes, Stephon Marbury the coach. Things that would never have happened with the Knicks include….

This is just a summer gig then Marbury will play for the Ducks next season, but he can’t in these games. The team from Beijing will not just be the Ducks Chinese players, but also will have players from other Beijing teams combined to represent the city. Among those players is Sun Yue, one of the best Chinese players (he played for the Lakers for a season back in 2009).

Read the article on about the China National Games, which are important because a province doing well in them can help local government officials climb the party ladder to positions of power. It’s all tied to politics.

For Marbury, it’s a first step on the coaching ladder. Which seems strange, but the man has re-invented himself over there. More power to him.

  1. bougin89 - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:58 PM

    In some sort of Bizarro world maybe this would be genius.

    • loungefly74 - Mar 18, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      ahhhhh! ya beat me to a “Bizarro world” comment. agree, how strange. also in this world, shawn kemp’s vasectomy and 0 kids have lead to a life of financial success.

  2. asimonetti88 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Sun Yue is a baller! When the Lakers drafted him he was called the “Chinese Magic Johnson”. Guy had some great handles.

  3. dirtydavis - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:25 PM

    From gargling Vaseline to coaching a team.. Good for him

    • mr9teen - Mar 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

      Hey, Hey, Hey. He was not gargling Vaseline! He was suffering from dry mouthedness! He is a sufferer and we need to be more sensitive to this plight that affects many.

  4. jets4gold - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    good. He was useless in the NBA. China can have him

  5. money2long - Mar 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    lol Sun Yue , i remember him! for the guys who play 2k, have you ever tried to find scrub players in the game with ratings of like 40, 50, 60s and put their potential at 99 in association mode? try it, it’s fun sometimes.

  6. lakerluver - Mar 18, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    He’s only 36?! If he wasn’t such a bad character guy, he could still be a productive player in the NBA. Of course, he does have a statue in China, so……

  7. malibudave66 - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Congrats Stephan!!!! sometimes things like this happen to make people better!!!!

  8. progress2011 - Mar 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    This guy would still be a top guard, in the NBA. He is certainly better than EVERY guard on the Fakers !!!

    They got THRASHED by the Suns…because Nash can’t stay in front of his shadow and the rest of the guys are D-league players at best.

    Stephs success is a smack against Stern & the NBA.

    Dude got a statue in one of the richest countries on the planet….I’m sure he doesn’t miss the drama in the NBA.

    Happy for the guy. He got a second chance and took full advantage.

  9. badintent - Mar 19, 2013 at 2:51 AM

    Starbury for Comiss! Guy Hey Fat choy !!!

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