Stephon Marbury(马布里) joined the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) in 2009 as his career in the U.S. was waning. He was just 32 and in the middle of a $20 million a year contract with the Knicks - but disputes with coaches, sex with an intern, and online meltdowns were overshadowing his game. Marbury said coming to China "was like being reborn again." He has now won three national championships for the Beijing Ducks.
Jiao Yu, the principal of Sinology Institute, gives some of his strong opinions on Beijing Ducks player Stephon Marbury:
China Basketball Association has two types of foreigners: one is Stephon Marbury, the other is everyone else.
The Beijing team can finally eat Peking Duck* as well as Stephon Marbury!
The Beijing basketball team and Stephon Marbury created a legacy together. Some people say it is a dynasty.
Beijingers heard that Stephon Marbury was a troublemaker in the NBA so they liked him even more.
He single handedly changed young people, the Beijing Ducks, and the CBA. If anyone doesn’t agree, he is the Beijing Duck’s commissar* when all is said and done.
*The Whole Beijing Ducks team will not eat Peking duck the whole season until they win the championship.
**A commissar is an older word than means an official of the Communist Party in charge of political indoctrination. Historically, the commissar is seen in revolutionary movies and television shows and inspires and leads. Chinese people use this word to describe to Stephon Marbury.
Basketball Terms You Need to Know
- 篮球队 Basketball team
- 打篮球 Play basketball
- 篮球 Basketball
- 球迷 Sports Fan
- 篮球场 Basketball Courts
- 好球 score a bucket, make a basket
- 篮板球 rebound
- 盖帽 shot block, block a shot
- 断球 steal
- 犯规 foul, commit a foul
- 灌篮 slam dunk, mamma jamma
- 冠军 Championship
- 比赛 Tournament
- 比分 Score
For more information on Basketball in China, check out this article from the Atlantic on the history of basketball in China.