Two-time NBA All-Star and three-time Chinese Basketball Association champion Stephon Marbury will retire Feb. 11 after 22 seasons.
While Marbury, 40, played in the NBA for 13 seasons, he never won a championship which in itself, might not land him in the Hall of Fame, but the Brooklyn, N.Y. native and Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket from 1995 to ’96 thinks his CBA career will land him a nomination.
“It’s the Basketball Hall of Fame, not the NBA Hall of Fame. So, for basketball, I played in Olympics, I played in the Junior Olympics. With what I’ve done and given to basketball is all hall of fame ... People don’t even know how hard it is to play in China,” Marbury said to “The Undefeated.” “People think it is easy for the foreign players, but it is really not. It’s difficult.”
The fourth-overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks, Marbury has had stints with the Minnesota Timberwolves (1996-1999), New Jersey Nets (1999-2001), Phoenix Suns (2001-2004), Boston Celtics (2009) and several CBA teams. The last team Marbury played for was the Beijing Fly Dragons which he joined in July 2017.