Stephon Marbury is the epitome of how to make it past the NBA. The basketball super star is so big in China that he’s been immortalized with his own statue, postage stamp, and now a museum dedicated in his honor.
Aptly titled The House of Marbury Museum the grand opening for the 300-square foot museum is in Beijing and opened just yesterday. After his NBA options became sparse Marbury headed for China in 2010 with hopes of jump-starting his career. On Monday, he said of all his jerseys, his Beijing uniform means the most.
“My Beijing jersey means more to me than any of them. I don’t [say] that because of the championship, but just because I’m here at home and I’ve had a support system,” Marbury said, according to china.org.cn. “All those places that I’ve played at is a preparation for me to come to Beijing. For me, my Beijing jersey will be the jersey that I will retire here in China.”
At nearly 40 years old, Marbury, still averages 18.5 points per game this season for Beijing, which has a 13-7 record through 20 games.
A statue of Marbury, erected in 2012, stands outside the Ducks’ arena, and a postage stamp honoring him was unveiled in April after he led the Ducks to their latest title.He even had a part in a musical inspired by his career’s second act in China and has said he plans to stay in China after retiring and hopes to coach the national team someday.
Moral of this story? Never give up and don’t be afraid to excel outside of the box that you set for yourself. Kudos to Mr. Marbury on this extraordinary honor!