Beijing Ducks’ Stephon Marbury Reveals eSports Plans
Former point guard for the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks, Stephon Marbury, has taken to Weibo to announce his plans to follow in the footsteps of several other NBA stars by embracing eSports.
“Today I’ll announce some exciting news through my personal Weibo,” said Marbury, “I decided to march [into] the eSports industry to build my own team and recruit players, from my fans, in no time. Looking forward to the journey.”
Marbury moved to China play in the Chinese Basketball Association in 2010 after a year taken off of basketball. He first played for the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, then left for the Foshan Dralions. Marbury’s time spent on both teams led to disappointing results, unable to make it to the playoffs both seasons, but he found the synergy needed to succeed after signing to the Beijing Ducks in 2011. It was with the Beijing Ducks that he averaged forty-five points per game, which helped his team made it to the CBA Finals to compete against the Guangdong Southern Tigers.
Afterward, Marbury’s unprecedented popularity in China exploded as his career took off full-speed. He continued his charitable philanthropy in China after becoming a permanent resident, soon becoming the first foreigner to be named one of the Top 10 Model Citizens for Beijing.
No further details were disclosed in the twenty-one second video, but it was clear that more information would be revealed soon. It’s likely that Marbury will look to field players from his region, which would make him the first individual basketball player to show a vested interest in an eSports scene not based in the United States. Meanwhile, in the States, basketball superstars such as Shaq and Rick Fox have been leading the traditional sports scene forward into embracing eSports.
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