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Marbury to play final season in CBA
    2017-July-21  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

FORMER NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury will play one more year in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), he announced Wednesday.

Marbury posted on his Instagram account that he will play with the Beijing Fly Dragons (Beikong) next season.

Marbury averaged 21.4 points and 5.5 assists with the Ducks, who dedicated a statue to him in 2012 after he led them to one of three championships. But he and the team couldn’t come to an agreement on his role in April, and his contract was terminated.

Marbury said his decision to join the Fly Dragons was something the fans wanted.

“So the story goes like this. I’m staying in Beijing for my last and final season,” he said on instagram. “The other Beijing team. I have to put on for the city no matter the team. It’s a different mission and vision over here. The fans said stay so I’m staying. They said ‘we will love you no matter where you go.’ It’s hard to leave that type of love. Thanking God for another contract!”

The sticking point in the negotiations with the Ducks was that the team wanted the 40-year-old to be an assistant coach.

Marbury instead reached out to CBA fans through Weibo, saying that he still wanted to play.

“My Chinese journey will open a new chapter,” Marbury said, posting a long article on Weibo later in the day. “This afternoon, I will formally sign a contract with Beikong club to play the 2017-2018 season for my beloved Beijing. This will be the last season of my 21-year career.”

Marbury, much beloved by basketball fans in the Chinese capital, spent six years with the Ducks since 2011 and won three Chinese Basketball Association championships with the team in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

The Ducks finished ninth in the 2016-17 regular season, failing to advance to the playoffs. The club announced in April that Marbury would no longer be playing for the team.

But the American expressed a strong desire to remain in the CBA, saying on his Weibo account that he was willing to take a 20-percent salary cut to play for the Ducks for one more season, which was unacceptable to the club.

Marbury’s new team, the Beijing Beikong Fly Dragons, finished only 17th in the 20-team CBA last season.

Still, the veteran star seemed contented enough with his new contract.

“It was a long two months deciding where to go,” Marbury wrote. “There were other opportunities but it’s hard to accept leaving Beijing to play for another city.”(SD-Agencies)

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