Stephon Marbury has no interest in joining BIG3
Stephon Marbury is one of the most iconic players to ever play in the NBA. After playing his last NBA game for the Boston Celtics during the 2008-09 season, Starbury became a superstar in the Chinese Basketball Association, winning an MVP award and three championships in said league.
Having just retired from the CBA, there has been natural speculation about Marbury playing in the BIG3. Marbury’s response:
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) August 12, 2018
The BIG3 is a league founded by famous rapper Ice Cube. Former NBA stars and quality players like Baron Davis, Allen Iverson, Carlos Boozer, and Stephen Jackson have since played in the league, along with other retired recognizable names from the NBA.
Marbury’s dribble drive and sweet-shooting skills were perceived by many as a perfect fit for the 3-on-3 style of game in the BIG3. Unfortunately, Starbury has turned down public clamors for him to play in the celebrated league.
In one of the most unique stories in basketball history, the two-time All-Star rose from the ashes of his ill-fated decline in the NBA to sign a contract with a CBA team in 2010. Marbury became a nationwide icon and celebrity in China, and he was even given a statue outside his team’s arena.
His troubles in the NBA reached its bottom peak in 2009. Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated wrote made reference to it here:
“Marbury’s NBA career started spiraling to an end when coach Mike D’Antoni of his hometown Knicks benched him during the 2008-09 season. While on the pine, Marbury says, he began thinking about life after basketball before the Knicks released him on Feb. 21, 2009.”
Marbury had career averages of 19.3 points, 7.6 assists, and 3.0 rebounds before he completely dropped out of the NBA.