Stephon Marbury Immortalized In China

Stephon Marbury statue in BeijingFormer NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury is getting a career makeover in China. 

Marbury signed to play in the country back in 2010. This season, he led the lowly Beijing Ducks to their first Chinese championship in 30 years, defeating the Guangdong Southern Tigers, a seven-time league winner, in the finals. 

Now, a life-sized bronze statue of Marbury has been unveiled at the MasterCard Center (Ducks home court & 2008 Olympic basketball venue) in western Beijing.

The “work of art” was financed by the website  Hupu promised to build the statue if Marbury received one million votes in an online poll.

That achievement took only seven days to accomplish.  

The 35-year-old native of Brooklyn (NY) played for five teams in 15 NBA seasons, before signing with the Chinese Basketball Association.