"The real men will rise! The real men will rise," Beijing Ducks guard Stephon Marbury shouted in the visiting team's locker room among teammates, coaches and media on Sunday night as the capital team made it back-to-back Chinese Basketball Association titles with a hard fought 4-2 finals series win over the Liaoning Hunters. And the real men did certainly rise as the championship experience of the Ducks came in handy against a determined side from the northeast of China with Lester Hudson, who made it to the CBA finals last season with Xingjiang Flying Tigers, leading the charge.
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In early 2010, when news started to circulate around the internet that two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury had signed with a team in the Chinese Basketball Association many thought that would most likely be the last they would hear of the player who was highly touted going back to his high school days in New York.
It could be another classic game in the history of the CBA, when the Beijing Ducks, with the help of Stephon Marbury, arguably the best import ever in the league, challenges the Guangdong Southern Tigers, which won seven out of eight recent finals. But what happened in Game 1 of the finals turned out to be a disgrace for Chinese basketball.
Two men exchanged pleasantries via Weibo on Wednesday night, one complimenting the other on a job well done. So far, so normal, considering this is China's leading social networking site, with over 25o million registered accounts. Yet the big difference was who was doing it; Stephon Marbury, two-time NBA All-Star, now with the Beijing Ducks, was congratulating J.R. Smith, the former Denver Nugget, on playing his part in Zhejiang Golden Bulls' victory over Guangdong Leopards that night.