This is really something to behold. I could have taken some time to attempt to craft a melodramatic narrative about Stephon Marbury’s journey from burgeoning NBA star to overpaid problem child to team cancer to unwanted whack-job to foreign hero. But that story has already been published by other writers and this video shouldn’t be cheapened by literary ego-stroking.

Some people might say that the only way that this video could have more emotional impact would be if Allen Iverson was in Marbury’s shoes. I disagree. Iverson is still placed on such a pedestal that most people would probably be legitimately bummed out by seeing him react to a Chinese Basketball Association championship like this.

For Marbury, this is a triumph because he’s finally found a place where he’s embraced, where his idiosyncrasies are recognized as part and parcel with his basketball talent. Finally, he’s the conquering hero he’s always believed he was meant to be, and the relief at finally achieving that goal is overwhelming.

I never liked Stephon Marbury before I watched this video. Inexplicably, I was teary-eyed by the end of it. Redemption tales are funny like that, aren’t they?

Comments (14)

  1. I’m happy for him, he used to be one of my favorite players when I first watrched the NBA… Love is love…

  2. As you say, really didn’t care for the guy during the last few years of his NBA career. So glad he was able to turn it around and get back on his feet!
    Dare I say its (a) Cinderella story(esque)

  3. Good for him for keeping his head up. He has become a real champion.

  4. It’s shocking (almost) that he was a great veteran influence in China. But I suppose some player do better when out of the spotlight

  5. I coincidentally watched this while listening to Leonard Cohen’s “Last Year’s Man”, and I did get a little choked up.

  6. Also, 0:41:

    “There, for an instant, the figure of Stephon in his wind-rippled white jersey would be displayed, gloriously sprawled in midair…. Thrice, to the mighty heave-ho of his invisible tossers, he would fly up … and then there he would be, on his last and loftiest flight, reclining, as if for good, against the midnight black of the stadium’s roof above, like one of those paradisiac personages who comfortably soar, with such a wealth of folds in their garments, on the vaulted ceiling of a church while below, one by one, the wax tapers in mortal hands light up to make a swarm of minute flames in the mist of incense, and the priest chants of eternal repose, and funeral lilies conceal the face of whoever lies there, among the swimming lights, in the open coffin.”

  7. I’m happy for him, but not close to crying.

  8. No translation SC?

  9. he deserves my slow clap. Seems like he grew up.

  10. Does anyone know what his stats were like this season?

  11. I personally know Stephon Marbury. You are happy that he was able to win a championship in China but then reality kicks in. Stephon is possibly one of the fakest and worse human beings on this earth. Don’t get me wrong, this guy has a big heart but at the same time you can name 100 wrongs for everything he does right. He is manipulative, cold, and calculating. Everything he does is for the sake of dollar. The crying is a farce because this dude acts like the biggest jerk on Earth off the court. It is difficult to believe him because his history is of one that is tainted. Stephon Marbury is genuinely not a nice and humble person. While this may sound as if I’m being a “hater”, I cannot really be 100% happy for Stephon. He is just not a genuine person. His accesibility and dedication to China is to sell “Starbury’s” first and win basketball games second. Those who truly know the real Stephon Marbury would understand this comment. I’m not talking about those in the media or the avergae fan. I’m talking about those who have had daily interaction with him and have to actually know him.

    • Your comment has the ring of truth about it. My take is that I believe the tears were genuine, but I also buy into your take that Marbury is an a-hole. There’s enough anecdotal evidence to back up your comment.

    • Marbury has made no attempt to hide his plan to sell his brand in China. Still, it takes a considerable amount of character to adapt to the Chinese lifestyle and stick with it. He’s been there for 3 seasons now, while many other NBA players have come and gone from the CBA, unable to adapt to the foreign lifestyle. Steve Francis was on the Beijing Ducks the previous year and couldn’t handle more than a month. By all reports it was a complete disaster.

      Even if you believe Marbury’s all about selling his shoes first and foremost, the fact still is his business plan requires him to work hard, be a good citizen, and adapt to living in China for it to work. He’s done all of that and he’s been rewarded with a title. We’d all love to root for players who “love the game above all else” but in the end, it’s still about what you do to get it. If winning a title is merely happy coincidence as a result of his hard work attempting to grow his brand, I’m not sure we can really fault him for it.

      Like it or not, Marbury will now be talked about in history as a key figure in the globalization of basketball. The CBA’s value just shot up a ton from Marbury’s “selling” its value to the world.

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