Tag: Stephon Marbury


Iverson playing exhibition in China against Marbury’s team


Heck, I’d pay to see this. Maybe more than the Heat/Clippers exhibition games that tip off in China in just more than a week.

Allen Iverson and Jason Williams are going to play in an exhibition game in Beijing against Stephon Marbury and his team, the Beijing Ducks. Other guys playing on the NBA alumni team you may know include Damon Jones, Shane Burrell and J. R. Reid.

Remember that the Ducks are the reigning Chinese Basketball Association champions and Marbury was a huge part of that, dropping 41 in the final game. He got a statue out of it.

The NBA is trying to spread it’s brand in China and has been for years, hence sending two of its most popular teams and some very popular players — LeBron James, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade (who may not play as he recovers from knee surgery) — there before the season.

But like I said, if you’re forced to watch meaningless games wouldn’t your rather watch Iverson and Marbury put on a show?

Stephon Marbury sued for $3 million by banks in Virginia

China Marbury

They may love him and erect statues to him in Beijing, but things are different in Virginia.

That is where Stephon Marbury, through his business entities, bought some commercial properties for investments. But the bank says they have not been paid on loans for those properties and because Marbury personally guaranteed the loans they are coming after him in court to get their pound of flesh. Or, just the cash.

The gory financial details of the well traveled former NBA scoring machine were detailed in a story at richmondbizsense.com (via SLAM).

U.S. Bank, which is servicing a bundle of loans originally owned by Wachovia, sued Stephon Marbury and several of his investment entities — one of which is called Starbury GSA — for $3 million. Marbury’s nickname as a high school phenomenon was “Starbury.”

The suit contends that, through the entities, Marbury bought industrial and office properties across the county, including one on Poplar Drive in Petersburg that was leased to the US. General Services Administration for use by the Social Security Administration….

Wachovia lent $1.4 million to Marbury in 2007. In August 2011, U.S. Bank foreclosed on the Petersburg property and sold it for $1.31 million, according to the suit. The bank alleges that it is still owed $1 million by Marbury, which includes unpaid interest and legal fees.

This is no Marbury’s first financial issues stateside, remember is home in Los Angeles was foreclosed on. And banks have gone after him before for much more money.

Marbury is in China preparing for the next season of the Chinese Basketball Association — where his team is the defending champion — and has not yet commented on the lawsuit.

Picture of the Day: Marbury with his statue in Beijing

Marbury statue

Remember early last year, when Knicks fans were worried about when J.R. Smith could get out of his China contract and help the Knicks in the NBA playoffs, but everyone had to wait for his team to be eliminated from the playoffs?

Well, Stephon Marbury and his Beijing Ducks were never eliminated — they won the title. And Marbury would have been the MVP if the Chinese Basketball Association allowed foreign players to win such awards. But they don’t, so the good people of Beijing raised the money for a Marbury statue.

Well, here it is. Marbury sent this photo along with a nice email to the folks at GQ.

Good for Marbury.

Video: Chinese All-Star Game provides worst hoops sequence ever


Things you will not see on Aaron Brooks’ and Stephon Marbury’s tapes to NBA teams include…

Yes, those two are on the floor for this horrific sequence from the Chinese Basketball Association All-Star Game. If you wondered how J.R. Smith could drop 60 in that league, well, remember this clip is from the very best players in this league.

Thanks to Sportando for finding this.

How Stephon Marbury saved J.R. Smith’s job in China


This is one of the most amazing stories of the entire lockout.

We’ve talked about how in the wake of an injury in his first game, and how J.R. Smith left the team to seek treatment, his Chinese squad (the Zhejiang Golden Bulls) had just about enough of him. Smith has been Smith — late to or just flat out missing practices — and the team was frustrated enough to just cut bait.

But then in comes the Stephon Marbury to save the day. Yes, Marbury was the voice or reason. Here is the story as told by Sheridanhoops.com.

The club was exasperated. A document to terminate the contract was in preparation. Although the contract is guaranteed, if Smith broke the rules more than twice, the team has the right to end the contract without any compensation….

At that moment, Smith realized the danger of the situation. He needed help badly, and Stephon Marbury gave him a hand….

Marbury and his Chinese friend said yes to his request. At first, the club was tough and insisted it would terminate Smith. Then, they agreed to give him another chance, but he had to apologize for his behavior and promise to improve.

The club had another demand: Smith must live with the team. Before the issue, all the other Zhejiang players lived in standard rooms of a common hotel, but Smith persisted that he wanted to stay in a suite of a 5-star hotel. Smith presented his regrets and accepted these requirements.

Marbury talks about he tried to explain the cultural differences to Smith and basically told him you have to be part of the team — live in their dorms, eat their food, travel with them. The team is more of a unit in China, not like NBA teams where players show up for work but don’t always hang out together in off hours.

We’ll see how long that lasts. But for now, J.R. Smith is back in the fold.