When you think of the name Stephon Marbury many things can possibly come to mind. New York Knicks Point Guard, CEO of his own VERY affordable sports clothing line, an overseas star maybe, but what about one of the oldest players in the NBA? Currently, that title is held by Sacramento King’s future Hall of Famer, Vince Carter. But at age 40 Stephon Marbury announced his planned comeback to the NBA.
I'm making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it's clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1. I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I'm motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love. It's been a blessing to play 13 years in the @nba and this year 9 years in the @cbachina China has groomed my game and my style of play. China made me sharp and consistent. We practice Monday-Wed from 9-11:45 and 3-5:45. Thursday one practice 9-11:45 and Friday-Sat same schedule as M-W. I thought I would die at first coming from the NBA where you can't practice that long before the season starts. Oh and we do that for over 40 days. This way of training can either break you or make you. I'd like to look at it as it made me. So I'm ready and prepared to take on a challenge I once faced but with chips under my belt along with all that has come with winning chips in China. Statues, museum, green card, Honorary citizen, ambassador for the environmental protection bureau, key to the city, only 30 people ever to receive the key to the city of Beijing and MY PEACE something no one can ever take. So with all of these things I feel complete and ready to turn towards the last page of my basketball dairy that I've been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High. I thank all of the positive energy from all those who showed it throughout my time away from the NBA. Thank you for always keeping it 100. @stephonmarbury_3 @espn @marcjspears @nytimes @nypost @nydailynews @newsday @slamonline #starburymovement #starbuy #loveislove
As seen above in his IG video post, Marbury says “Yes it’s true an NBA comeback is coming…” It is not impossible to play at an efficient level at the age of 40. Vince Carter is proof of that, but it will be interesting to see if the eight year sabbatical from the NBA will be a hindrance.
That being said, Marbury has been active with the game of basketball. For the past six years, he has been a member of the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association). Leading the Beijing Ducks to three titles in six years might be a contributing factor to his confidence in an NBA return. If Marbury continues to pursue an NBA comeback, it will be interesting to see if and by who he will be signed by. More importantly, will he rock his signature Starbury sneaker. With about a month until the season opener hopefully, workouts with various teams and CBA film will work in his favor. Only time will tell.