Friday, March 30th, 2012 at 1:37 pm  |  84 responses

Stephon Marbury Leads Beijing Ducks to Chinese League Title

Stephon Marbury is a champion…in China. Starbury, who’s become a huge sensation in the Chinese Basketball Association after reinventing himself as an accessible man of the people halfway across the world from where he once starred in the NBA, led the Beijing Ducks to their first CBA League title in franchise history, after scoring a game-high 41 points to seal a 4-1 series victory over fellow American Aaron Brooks’ team.

From China Daily:

Beijing Ducks, led by former NBA star Stephon Marbury who notched game-high 41 points on Friday night, clinched their first-ever title of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league.

Edging defending champions Guangdong Hongyuan 124-121 at home, Beijing Ducks, who entered the finals for the first time, won 4-1 on aggregate in the best-of-seven series. Guangdong had been crowned seven times in the past eight seasons.

With the breathtaking victory, Beijing Ducks became the fourth CBA title holder in 17 years, following eight-time winners Bayi Rockets, Shanghai Sharks and Guangdong Hongyuan.

“I still can’t believe we won the title and I need some time to accept the fact. Before the new season was launched, the team had been confident in playing better, but it’s been a mere dream to win the title for us,” Beijing coach Min Lulei said after the tough duel.

Marbury, who had never played in NBA or CBA finals before the year 2012, vowed to win a league title when he came to China three years ago. His dream also came true tonight.

Marbury was again the man of the match, chipping in 41 points, three rebounds and seven assists while teenager Zhai Xiaochuan added 22 points. Beijing’s another foreign player Randolph Morris was not on fire from the field but his consistent free throw gifted him 14 points.

The main threat to Beijing tonight came from Aaron Brooks, also a former NBA star, who collected 33 points, four rebounds and five assists for the visitors while James Singleton added 29 points and nine rebounds.

Congrats, Steph.

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  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Steph said “anything is possible!!!!”
    ok maybe he didn’t, and maybe this isn’t very surprising. But good for him.

  • philly4rm@frika

    well done boi! Always had the heart of a Lion!

  • logues
  • LA Huey

    Feeling of winning on any level is great.

  • Kate

    Marbury is the best.

  • Detroit Dave

    who got rights to Aaron Brooks???

  • alex80

    My man Stephon!!!!! still Ballin’!! NBA Team owners are blinded by the lights.

  • alex80

    He also looks in NBA form. just saying.

  • abaci

    good for him

  • http://slamonline.com JMac

    allen iverson bought his ticket to macau right after the news broke.. =)

  • sid

    way to go stephon.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla


  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Congrats Stephon!

  • dev0

    Wow. Really good for him. All the best

  • D12FSU

    Brooks’ stock fell in my book… how you gonna let Starbury drop 41

  • @boweezy24

    Come Back To The NBA!

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    With final score in a championship elimination game being 124-121, I doubt defense is part of any players on either teams game plan.

  • http://caseyvaughn.com AlbertBarr

    was in response to D12FSU

  • zebrat

    Marbury is the hero of Beijing and China!

  • -Mas-

    Maybe KG can pair up with him next season.
    Imagine the SLAM cover Showbiz & KG China Edition!

  • German Reignman

    now that is a championship you can add an asterisk to

  • http://sdjfklfl.com Jukai

    LOL is it bad that I’m really proud of Steph?

  • -Mas-

    I wonder what he drives around in China? I betting on a Bentley.

  • Eli Porter

    Am i the only one that found this funny?

  • bike

    Winning a championship, no matter where in the world, is a lot like bad sex–it’s still better than no sex at all.

  • logues

    Jukai: yeah.. cuz u’ve prolly never met him and don’t know him personally

  • dt

    To AlbertBarr

    The scores of the first four matches were more “conservative”.

  • that dude

    @ logues
    I’ve met him and dude is cool I’m glad for him. Don’t believe everything you see on T.V. judge for yourself, not talking down to you just saying.

  • http://cechicagorilla@aol.com yada

    i see u steph

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Lmao this is top column worthy? I think he’s a joke still. Call me a ‘hater’ but it’s not a big deal this dude lost credibility after all the theatrics he pulled.

  • logues

    that dude: i wasn’t getting at that… i was just saying i think its kinda goofy to be “really proud” of someone u’ve never met or don’t know

  • http://www.nbacom Shadojoker

    you are a Hater…@red ..this is a beautiful story that redemption can happen to anybody and anywhere..on any level..the CBA is A LOT better than some of these former NBA players flipping burgers..now .:please check your ego for bruises after reading this… :-D

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Because my opinion goes against the census? Keyword being opinion. Ego, what? LOL how does my ego get affected by u sticking up for a former NBA player whom u clearly are a fan of? Again Marbury is a joke because he acted like a drama queen & lost the respect he once had. Please check your brain for dead brain cells after reading this.

  • dazzy

    Cat fight.

  • uncle KFC

    you new york guys dont like him and swept him out, well. that s ok.
    these chinese guys like him, they dont have any discrimination on anybody who plays as a normal man. those guys are easy to be satisfied even their basketball does not rank in top 5. but i just think those guys just know how they could enjoy the cheeful moment taken by people around of them. this is somewhere why thoes guys alwasy being hated by people in various parts of the world.

  • toinefan88

    He’s still got it!

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  • bobby

    Dont hate on the CBA. there are some great players there. many strong and tall chinese players that do work. Marbury worked hard and did his thing. Winning a chip in any league is tough. gtfo with your hater bs.

  • What

    Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack! Quack!


    @Bobby : Probably true. Tall hardworking players in this league. But 1,3 billion people in China with basketball as the number 1 sport.
    How many Chinese players in the NBA ? a couple… I don’t get that. Either NBA scouts don’t go there to often, either they are not that good for now.

  • robb

    I’m glad for him.

  • marrryby

    I don’t excited about nice, upstanding Chinese players who are only good enough to play in the Chinese league. Why would I get excited about a ridiculous shallow celebrity who’s only good enough to play in China. I am a fan of excellence in basketball, not excellence in pop-culture.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Good stuff, congrats Starbury!

  • shean combs

    lovin it. Do your thang Stephon Xavier Marbury



  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Marbury should be playing in the NBA, I hate the Heat, but they should sign him. BOOK IT!!

  • Stillballin

    I’m happy for him.

  • http://www.nbacom Shadojoker

    At red..I’m clearly not a fan ofMarbury but a fan of his story..I respected your opinion about him as a player but not your comments about what happened to his life outside of basketball. As far as dead brain cells, why don’t you jump off your high horse and plastic pointed underwear..other then that..enjoy the celebration..hater. respect due

  • shavon

    either way he got a championship before lebron james lol

  • http://slamonline.com 1982

    I want to see this game, but then again, no I really don’t. I’m gonna have to do some digging for those old And1 Starbury’s I have hidden somewhere. I’m happy for him.

  • da real

    @red – Marbury was always a beast, he was just a different type of guy. china is the best thing that could have ever happened to him AS A PERSON. he already made 100 million in the nba and was a top flight player for a few seasons. now he got to win, get buckets and do it his way. if you were a real player you would know thats the trifecta as far as ball goes. high school legend, college star, streetball legend, nba all-star and international champion and hero. not many players can claim all of those……..and 100 million!!!! hahah

  • Ronald

    @Red: Well, it’s my opinion that your’e a douchebag.

  • Mike from Spain

    This is proof that eating vaseline is good for you

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Very happy for Steph. While I don’t think he always handle things the right way, he got a raw deal that last year in NY. He seems to have matured and I believe him when he says he’s not thinking about the NBA. Chine absolutely loves him and I think he loves them back.

    -Mas- he regularly tweets pics of himself riding the train in China.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I get what you mean @real, I agree with that. @Shado, so you’re saying you never critique ball players other than their work on the court? LOL, high horse? WTF I’m not sitting here saying I’m better than Marbury how am I having a ego lol. @Ronald, it’s my opinion you can’t spell & are a douchebag for not respecting an opinion on a COMMENT BOARD.

  • http://www.nbacom Shadojoker

    My bad then..I perceived your comments as arrogance towards how better you are..now as me never criticizing a player’s off the court shenanigans..no comment..pot is shaking hands with kettle..still my opinion of you hasn’t changed..your a still a douche and your ego needs vagisil..

  • http://www.nbacom Shadojoker

    This is all in sure humor @red..hope you knw that..ps..Marbury – 1 championship and You – 0

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Lol, I don’t quite mind, my moms raised me stressing humility & modesty. Ignorance is the curse of God, knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. -William Shakespeare. LOL I don’t take offense, but I’m pretty sure 3rd grade spelling counts for something. YOLO

  • l2ising Phoenix

    Once again Red hates on any player who was knick related. Good job chap.

  • Cameron

    Yo @DetroitDave Phoenix does or he’s a restricted FA, not positive though.

  • billy

    Average writing…still, go Marbury..

  • Hobbes

    Starbury has officially became Beijing’s hoop god. They planning to build a statue for him! Love is Love.

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  • Gary

    Marbury is the best!

  • Washtub

    Love how all the Starbury Haters are the same ones riding AI’s d*ck on every occasion.

  • Zjupiter

    Love is Love! This whole thing is just a mirocle!!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Is it that this article is written in Chinese/mandarin with the translation to english making it so… amusingly skewed?

  • @Deknowz

    Coney Island’s finest.

  • Harlem_World

    Happy for him! NYC all day, everyday! There’s alot of players who haven’t made anywhere near the impact he has in China who are either back in the League or will soon be. Respect what he’s done with his ‘second chance’. It’s a great story and I know for one, I’m happy for him and his family.

  • RickyRude

    Happy for him. Man believed in himself when no one else did. Gotta respect that. He achieved what he set out to do. Many of us should learn from that instead of criticizing.

  • kevin Y

    Can’t believe he had such bad reputation in the past in US. In China he seems a perfect person and a role model as professional basketball play. Has he changed so much after coming to China, or he was just treated unfairly in the past?

    I am a Chinese from Beijing, and really admire Marbury and thank him for winning the first CBA Champion for Beijing.

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  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Last i checked Ima Baron fan, lol.

  • IamYOU

    I know there are a lot of haters at the top comment and I aint gonna read it cause it don’t matter! but anywho CONGRATULATIONS on MARBURY!

  • Zero

    I’m a chinese and I really like Marbury, he leads Beijing to beat the “celtics”, the Tyrant of Chinese Basketball Assciation, so great, you have to know Steve’s opppnent won 7 championships in last 8 years and they collect lots of national team’s player. It can’t be too much praise for Steve!

  • b dizzle

    I, for one, am happy for marbury. always been a fan n regardless of where u play, the game’s still the same so much respect

  • AiRsMiTh

    If you think this comment is too long and don’t want to read it, then don’t, but don’t complain about it. Starbury was before my time, I never really watched him in even when he was on his way out of NY and the NBA. But there are so many negative comments it seems about him winning a championship. People are hating him still and talk about how they’re different from the people praising him, saying they’re not into the media or pop culture like everyone else is or something, but from what I have learned about Stephon, he has always been an UNpopular guy. I think people are just bitter and can’t at least be happy for the guy, because he plays in the CBA and not the NBA. They can’t seem acknowledge how much he has had to grow in order to accomplish this. And I feel like there is some disrespect towards Chinese players in the comments here too. Basketball hasn’t been as huge over there as it has been here up until the past decade or so. The game of basketball is still so undeveloped in other parts of the world, and I don’t think it has anything to do with these players being by default inferior to American players. I hope Marbury continues to do well, both on the court, and off and continues to help pave the way for the evolution of foreign players games’. He is I think a good, and unprecedented ambassador for the game in China, so nothing but respect. I wish him continued success.

  • that dude

    You Sir are on point and with no disrespect to anyone, you have the most intelligent comment on this board.

  • IDOT

    @Airsmith, well spoken.

  • http://slamonline.com Ugh

    “Beijing Ducks became the fourth CBA title holder in 17 years.”
    And I thought the NBA had parity problems.

  • AiRsMiTh

    Thanks you sirs for the positive responses. Most intelligent comment has a nice ring to it, I must admit.

  • Vincent Li

    congrat.! love is love!

  • Sun

    Thanks Marbury, we will still love u even all the American h8 u. -from beijing,china