Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury tweeted Tuesday that he is “working on” an NBA comeback at 40-years-old.
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) September 12, 2017
Marbury’s contract with the Beijing Ducks ended in April due to a dispute regarding his role and salary over the next two seasons. According to Sports Illustrated, the contract included a team option for Marbury to come on as a player or an assistant coach for the upcoming 2017-18 season. He reportedly did not want to serve as an assistant, so the team decided to part ways with him.
In July, he announced that he will join the Beikong Fly Dragons.
Marbury is coming off a year in which he averaged 21.4 points, 5.5 assists and 4.0 rebounds in 36 games. He has not played in the NBA since appearing in 23 games for the Boston Celtics during the 2008-09 season. He played in the NBA from 1996 to 2009, including five years with the New York Knicks.
Marbury again confirmed the news Instagram post, saying, “Yes, it’s true.” An NBA comeback is coming. Love is love.”
I’m making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it’s clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1. I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I’m motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love. It’s been a blessing to play 13 years in the @nba and this year 9 years in the @cbachina China has groomed my game and my style of play. China made me sharp and consistent. We practice Monday-Wed from 9-11:45 and 3-5:45. Thursday one practice 9-11:45 and Friday-Sat same schedule as M-W. I thought I would die at first coming from the NBA where you can’t practice that long before the season starts. Oh and we do that for over 40 days. This way of training can either break you or make you. I’d like to look at it as it made me. So I’m ready and prepared to take on a challenge I once faced but with chips under my belt along with all that has come with winning chips in China. Statues, museum, green card, Honorary citizen, ambassador for the environmental protection bureau, key to the city, only 30 people ever to receive the key to the city of Beijing and MY PEACE something no one can ever take. So with all of these things I feel complete and ready to turn towards the last page of my basketball dairy that I’ve been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High. I thank all of the positive energy from all those who showed it throughout my time away from the NBA. Thank you for always keeping it 100. @stephonmarbury_3 @espn @marcjspears @nytimes @nypost @nydailynews @newsday @slamonline #starburymovement #starbuy #loveislove