Latest News:  
Beijing   Sunny/Cloudy    33 / 23 ℃  City Forecast

Home>>Life & Culture

A new home court

(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.


【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:黄蓓蓓、叶欣)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. APF servicemen in training

  2. Hazards removed from apartment of cinema shooting suspect

  3. No hard landing for Chinese economy

  4. Weifang kite festival attracts international hobbyists

  5. Zhang Ziyi and Sa Bening's love affair comes to light

  6. Crazy man goes wild in public

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. West wrong on Chinese public's Syria view
  2. Clinton’s Asia trip takes economic turn
  3. Will SE Asia become a battleground?
  4. Credit stimulus not panacea
  5. Reforms are promising, but not perfect
  6. Raise awareness of domestic brands
  7. Ivy League not gold standard for teachers
  8. No need to panic about slowdown in China
  9. Commentary: Health of stock market
  10. S. China Sea tensions stirred up with outside help

What's happening in China

Fish farm in waters at Meiji Reef of South China Sea

  1. Hospital director arrested for raping 2 minors
  2. 5.23m yuan public toilets at tourism site criticized
  3. Strong tropical storm approaches S China
  4. Missing crew confirmed dead after helicopter crash
  5. Court finds contract masked personal loan

China Features

  1. You and me, in Beijing to understand China
  2. Guided-missile battalion conducts training
  3. Main ingredient of Evian toner is water
  4. DPRK celebrates top leader's Marshal title
  5. Cangshan Mountain in Shanxi province

PD Online Data

  1. Spring Festival
  2. Chinese ethnic odyssey
  3. Yangge in Shaanxi
  4. Gaoqiao in Northern China
  5. The drum dance in Ansai