According to reports from ESPN, two-time NBA All-Star and former Boston Celtics point guard Stephon Marbury will join the Shanxi Zhongyu basketball team as early as next week, becoming the highest profile American to play in the China Basketball Association.
“The aim of signing Marbury is to pay back our fans and try to win more games in the rest of the season,” Shanxi boss Wang Xingjiang told ESPN.
Reports indicate Marbury is expected to help boost the team’s chances of making the playoffs. Currently, Shanxi sits 15th out of 17th in CBA league standings.
Shanxi made headlines last year when former NBA player Bonzi Wells joined the team, and two months later took a vacation and subsequently did not return to China.
— Zachary Franklin