Cast Aside by the NBA, Stephon Marbury Finds Stardom, and Peace, in China

August 11th, 2015 by Jared Zwerling Leave a reply »

Stephon Marbury was born and raised in Brooklyn, played 13 years in the NBA, but something feels foreign to the 38-year-old during a late July dinner in Santa Monica, where he's living this summer to train.

Marbury starts chowing down on his ahi tuna entree with regular utensils at Hillstone restaurant, but the process has now become strange to the former two-time NBA All-Star.

"I got so used to using chopsticks that using a fork and knife is weird," Marbury tells Bleacher Report during an exclusive wide-ranging interview that spanned two days in Los Angeles. "In China, [the restaurants] cut the steak up into pieces."

Indeed, "Beijing's boy," as some locals call Marbury, is fully embedded in China's culture.

"He is the hero in Beijing; he is an icon in China," his Beijing Ducks head coach, Min Lulei, says.

Having won over one of the world's most populous cities, Marbury has visions of becoming a global brand, beyond his Starbury apparel and sneaker products found in thousands of stores across the country, beyond having his own movies and museum.

Success has come full circle for Marbury&m ...

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