Stephon Marbury played his final professional basketball game on Sunday night for the Beijing Fly Dragons in the Chinese Basketball Association, and the 41-year-old former NBA star went out in fitting fashion.
Marbury took an opponent one-on-one, and showed off his streetball-esque handles before sinking a three on the last shot of his career. You see the dribbling skills that helped him get the “Starbury” nickname growing up playing hoops in Coney Island, and the shot-making ability that led him to average 19.3 points over 13 NBA season:
Went to see the Beijing FlyDragons. Stephon Marbury’s last game before retirement. He’s a legend over here. Managed to record his last ever basket. 🏀 pic.twitter.com/my5jIli2dr
— Ian (@IanFTA) February 11, 2018
Marbury has become a basketball legend in China after beginning his post-NBA career there in 2010. He’s been a six-time CBA All-Star, a three-time CBA champion with the Beijing Ducks, and the CBA Finals MVP in 2015. There’s even a movie — with a crazy trailer — which he stars in about his Chinese hoops career.
Understandably, Marbury was very emotional after the game.
Stephon Marbury bowed to Chinese fans with tears after his last match in China. Farewell 'Political Commissar Ma' as the everlasting Chinese basketball legendary. As Yao Ming, Stephon Marbury will play as an ambassador in Sino-American basketball relationship in the future. pic.twitter.com/5aJ1ey0uVh
— Titan Sports Plus (@titan_plus) February 11, 2018
Now, it was reported in September that Marbury would like to make a return to the NBA. So perhaps he’d like to give that a shot still, and maybe a bad NBA team looking to sell some tickets over the remainder of the regular season would sign him. It’s gimmicky, but a terrible team like the Sacramento Kings has to try to get people in the building over these final few months (and they’re better off tanking anyway).
The two-time NBA All-Star told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated last week that he plans to stay in shape for a potential NBA return, but he’s at peace with the idea of his pro basketball career ending.
Although Marbury plans to stay in shape — “just in case” an NBA team calls this season — he says he’s “at peace” with his pro career ending in China.
“I’m tired, man. I’m tired. I played 22 years,” Marbury, whose 41st birthday is on Feb. 20, told The Undefeated. “It’s all good. I’m straight with how it is right now. I like being able to have control over going out the way I want to go out. I’m 100 percent at peace with it. One hundred percent.”