Stephon Marbury doesn’t pull any punches in his interview with HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Above is just a clip of the interview where Marbury talks about his father dying during a Knicks game at Madison Square Garden and Isiah Thomas (then the Knicks coach) telling him after the game. At the same time Marbury’s on-the-court game had fallen apart and his dream of an affordable basketball shoe — the Starbury — was dying on the vine.
It sent him in a real depression. One that included suicidal thoughts.
Marbury talks about all that and his rebirth as a basketball icon in China, where he has led Beijing to two Chinese Basketball Association titles, where he has a statue in his honor, and where there has even been a play about his influence on the youth of the city.
Watch the full interview on HBO airing at 10 p.m. eastern and repeating on various HBO channels throughout the week, and on HBO On Demand.