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Stephon Marbury to play Stephon Marbury in Chinese play about Stephon Marbury

Aug 19, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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I would pay to see this — he really is going to be Starbury.

Stephon Marbury is getting his own play. In China. And he is going to star in it.

Marbury played 13 NBA seasons, being named to two All-Star teams, but as his stateside career wound down he took his talents to China for the payday. There he led the Beijing Ducks to the 2011-2012 Chinese Basketball Association title. That led them to put up a statue of Marbury in Beijing.

Now there is going to be a play about that season called “I Was Marbury.” Ben Sin at Sports Illustrated has the details (hat tip to James Herbert at Eye on Basketball).

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.

Seriously. I want to see that. Even if I don’t understand a word of it.

Marbury isn’t done in China. Last season he averaged 21.8 points a game leading Beijing to its second CBA title. This season he is joined in China by Metta World Peace, er, The Panda Friend. But whatever he calls himself this week, and as big a character as he is, he has a long, long way to go to catch up with Marbury.

Marbury went to China and owned it.

  1. tomtravis76 - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    There is an entire level of Starbury that is getting lost in translation here in the states. KG should leave the Nets and link back up with Steph. China could become the legends league, it’s like holding onto the idea that at almost 60 years old Sting v Undertaker would be a compelling match.

  2. pbtunpaidwriter - Aug 19, 2014 at 5:58 PM

    Nothing about this post is surprising yet it’s entertaining news.

  3. 00maltliquor - Aug 19, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Please tell me they will have the Vaseline scene!

  4. campcouch - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:50 AM

    That shows you that there’s always someone out there willing to embrace you. Prosper on.

  5. jetnotjets - Aug 20, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Midseason contender for Headline of the year right here. Definitely has the August title wrapped up. Well done, sir.

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