China’s Beijing Ducks have released former NBA star Stephon Marbury.
The 6-2 guard won three Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championships (2012, 2014, 2015), becoming an icon in China and revitalizing his career and image.
Last season, the 40-year-old Marbury averaged 19.7 points, 5.6 assists, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.9 steals for Beijing.
His contract with the team included an option to be a player or assistant coach with the Ducks next season.
But the team wanted him to coach, not play, in 2017-18, and Marbury decided to turn down a chance to be on the sidelines.
“First, the team did not decide who would be the head coach, apparently the team is in a rebuilding progress. Coach Min who led this team to [three championships] might not be the head coach anymore which makes it hard for me to accept the offer of becoming an assistant coach,” Marbury said via the social media site Weibo.
The fourth overall pick in the 1996 Draft by the Bucks, Marbury averaged 19.3 points and 7.6 assists in 13 NBA seasons with the Wolves, Nets, Suns, Knicks, and Celtics.
The NYC playground star played his high school ball at Brooklyn’s legendary Lincoln HS, which has produced NBA players Lance Stephenson, Sebastian Telfair, and Isaiah Whitehead.
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