Stephon Marbury Announces NBA Comeback In Instagram Post
Stephon Marbury hasn’t played in the NBA since the end of the 2009 season, when he played for the New York Knicks.
Stephon Marbury NBA Comeback News
However, the 40-year-old point guard announced on Instagram on Tuesday that the rumors of him returning to the league are true.
Since 2010, Marbury has been playing for several teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, including the Beijing Ducks and most recently the Beijing Fly Dragons.
“Yes, it’s true: an NBA comeback is coming. Love is love,” Marbury said in the Instagram video.
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’s post comes as a surprise to many not only because of his age, but also because he recently said his upcoming season with the Fly Dragons would be the last of his career.
The guard — who also played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns and then-New Jersey Nets — struggled in his last few seasons in the NBA. In his last campaign, when he was 31, he averaged just 3.8 points per game.
NEW YORK – JANUARY 11: Stephon Marbury #3 of the New York Knicks leaves the court against the Toronto Raptors on January 11, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.