"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.
Even during my Valentine's Day dinner with Stephon Marbury and Randolph Morris, two former National Basketball Association (NBA) players who now play for the Beijing Ducks, one topic was unavoidable: Jeremy Lin, the New York Knicks guard who has emerged from nowhere to lead the team to a seven-game winning streak.
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.
In part one of this seven-point plan, the media's role in promoting the league, the CBA front office's responsibility in improving the quality of officiating and the establishment of an Asia wide basketball league based on the concept of the Euroleague were proposed. The last four parts of this proposal focuses on the All-Star Game, player development, free agency (if there is such a thing in the CBA) and the fans.
Aside from the Euroleague, the only other basketball anyone will possibly be watching this year is from the China Basketball Association as players and owners work feverishly to hammer out a deal to save the NBA season. With the start of the 2011-2012 season approaching there is a lot of anticipation an excitement.
There's a moment of awkwardness after Wang Zhizhi trying to reach out to the audience through his microphone. "Ni Men Jiu Shi Rong Yu," the Bayi Rockets center shouted. It looked Wang, the first Chinese to have played in the NBA, knew too that what he was speaking was weird. The words basically mean "you are glory" in English. But when it get translated into Chinese, it took a moment for people to get it, as rarely did they hear someone says that. It sounded more like English but the big man was actually speaking in your language. My friend gave me an awkward laugh and blushed when Wang finished. And we both thought it was not his idea to say that.
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.