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(China Daily)

09:08, June 20, 2012

Stephon Marbury's teammates throw him in the air after the Beijing Ducks wins the Chinese Basketball Association championship. Wu Jun / for China Daily

Disgraced former NBA star Stephon Marbury reinvents himself in China. Sun Xiaochen reports in Beijing.

Disgraced former NBA player Stephon Marbury has been rebounding in China. The 35-year-old New York City native has been reinventing himself in the country since 2010, after 13 often-tumultuous NBA seasons.

He has won fans in the country, where people are prone to forgiving past transgressions, not only for his success in leading Chinese Basketball Association teams - most recently, he led the Beijing Ducks to win the championship - but also for his insistence on shunning many privileges demanded by his counterparts.

He has turned down the offer of a chauffeur, opting instead to elbow his way through the subway crowds for the long commute from downtown to the suburbs, where his team practices. He flies economy, like the rest of the team, and joins them for meals in the canteen.

It is a humble life for

a man whose bronze statue has been erected outside Beijing's MasterCard Center, the venue where he led the Beijing Ducks to win the season for the first time in 17 years. No other athlete in China, including former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and Olympic champion hurdler Liu Xiang, has received a comparable honor.

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