Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury (C)

Stephon Marbury to get statue in China because 1 million fans want it


Stephon Marbury has taken the improbable journey from New York Knicks distraction and cast off to hero of Beijing basketball.

When he went to China it was with plenty of us snickering , but the guy has jumped into the Chinese team and culture with both feet, launched his own line of shoes, helped grow the team and now he is the guy who led his team to its first ever Chinese Basketball Association title.

He averaged 33.4 points per game in the final series — but he couldn’t be the MVP because league rules require that to be a China-born player.

So started a campaign to recognize Marbury with a statue (hat tip to Dan Devine at Ball Don’t Lie and Sean Sweeney at Dime). Within a week more than 1 million people had signed the petition and the project had taken on a life of it’s own.

That was enough to turn the idea of a Marbury statue into reality. Below are a couple photos. It is a recreation of Marbury when he held up the championship trophy. Snicker if you want, but he has done good and made himself a legend in the world’s most populous nation. And he gets a statue.

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Stephen Curry drops 30 on Portland in preseason (VIDEO)

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Somebody is in midseason form.

Stephen Curry put up 30 on Portland in a preseason game Thursday night, hitting six threes and getting to the line 15 times over the course of his less than 26 minutes. It was quite a show.

Portland won the game 118-101 behind 25 points from Allen Crabbe and 22 from Damian Lillard. Not a lot of defense in this one but it was fun to watch.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.