Stephon Marbury’s contribution to the world of basketball may not be measured in NBA Championship or MVP trophies, but his role in helping the growth of the game globally is undeniable. The Coney Island native now has his own museum in China, to go along with the postage stamp and statue with his likeness the nation has already created for him. It’s an interesting coda on a career that stateside drew him quite a bit of criticism and scorn.
“The one-time schoolboy hero may now be the most reviled athlete in New York,” the New York Daily News wrote about him 2006. Most recently, he ripped Michael Jordan over the price of his shoes. The two-time NBA all-star went to China in 2010 and has since become one of the most popular players in the country.
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) December 21, 2015
He’s now the first ever foreign-born player to be approved for a permanent residence permit in China. And he plays for a team called the Beijing Ducks. Good for him.