Stephon Marbury to play Stephon Marbury in Chinese play about Stephon Marbury

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I would pay to see this — he really is going to be Starbury.

Stephon Marbury is getting his own play. In China. And he is going to star in it.

Marbury played 13 NBA seasons, being named to two All-Star teams, but as his stateside career wound down he took his talents to China for the payday. There he led the Beijing Ducks to the 2011-2012 Chinese Basketball Association title. That led them to put up a statue of Marbury in Beijing.

Now there is going to be a play about that season called “I Was Marbury.” Ben Sin at Sports Illustrated has the details (hat tip to James Herbert at Eye on Basketball).

The play’s director, Zhou Wenhong, told Chinese media that the main theme of the play will be “never give up” and will incorporate choreographed basketball moves with dance. Marbury, however, describes the play’s story in grander terms, saying in a press conference the play focuses on “Sino-US relations”.

Marbury will play himself in the production, but will only appear in a few scenes — the story apparently focuses on other Chinese characters who have been inspired by Marbury.

According to the production’s official website, the show will have a different guest star each night, including Yao Ming and former NBA journeyman Wang Zhizhi.

Seriously. I want to see that. Even if I don’t understand a word of it.

Marbury isn’t done in China. Last season he averaged 21.8 points a game leading Beijing to its second CBA title. This season he is joined in China by Metta World Peace, er, The Panda Friend. But whatever he calls himself this week, and as big a character as he is, he has a long, long way to go to catch up with Marbury.

Marbury went to China and owned it.