If former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury gets his way, his professional basketball career will end right where it began. On an NBA court.
Marbury announced his comeback attempt on Instagram. He detailed his journey with a long, written explanation and said in a video, “Yes. It’s true. An NBA comeback is coming. Love is love.”
I'm making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it's clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1. I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I'm motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love. It's been a blessing to play 13 years in the @nba and this year 9 years in the @cbachina China has groomed my game and my style of play. China made me sharp and consistent. We practice Monday-Wed from 9-11:45 and 3-5:45. Thursday one practice 9-11:45 and Friday-Sat same schedule as M-W. I thought I would die at first coming from the NBA where you can't practice that long before the season starts. Oh and we do that for over 40 days. This way of training can either break you or make you. I'd like to look at it as it made me. So I'm ready and prepared to take on a challenge I once faced but with chips under my belt along with all that has come with winning chips in China. Statues, museum, green card, Honorary citizen, ambassador for the environmental protection bureau, key to the city, only 30 people ever to receive the key to the city of Beijing and MY PEACE something no one can ever take. So with all of these things I feel complete and ready to turn towards the last page of my basketball dairy that I've been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High. I thank all of the positive energy from all those who showed it throughout my time away from the NBA. Thank you for always keeping it 100. @stephonmarbury_3 @espn @marcjspears @nytimes @nypost @nydailynews @newsday @slamonline #starburymovement #starbuy #loveislove
Marbury broke into the NBA in 1996 as the No. 4 pick of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He had an accomplished NBA career, making two All-Star teams (2001, 2003), and earning All-NBA Third Team honors twice (2000, 2003).
Marbury last played in the NBA in 2009. Over the last eight years, the game has changed a lot, with the three-point revolution taking over in the last five years. Considering that, and the fact that Marbury will turn 41 during the 2017-18 season, a return to the NBA would seem like a longshot.
Still, it does need to be pointed out that since playing in the NBA, Marbury had a tremendous career in the Chinese Basketball Association. He won three CBA championships, a CBA Finals MVP, a CBA Foreign MVP, made six CBA All-Star teams, and even starred in a play about himself.