The Coney Island Kid Goes To China

By Eric D. Graham, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: March 6, 2010

“I would rather own than be owned.”

– Stephon Marbury

NORTH CAROLINA (BASN) — At one time, the two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury was consider one of the best point guards in the league due to his ability to score off the dribble and hit the open jump shot.

But after the Phoenix Suns traded him to the New York Knicks in 2003, Marbury’s NBA career started to crumble right in front of our eyes.

After several fights with head coaches Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas, both who were later fired, Marbury was benched, booed, and banned from Madison Square Garden.

After his mental meltdown in New York, Marbury was traded to the Boston Celtics in last year, where his basketball skills were noticeably diminishing after sitting on the bench for so long.

Even though the Celtics offered Marbury a one-year deal reportedly worth $2 million to return to Boston, he denied. That’s when things got crazy.

Because every other week, we began seeing Stephon Bizar-bury with that stupid tattoo on his head on Youtube shirtless, swallowing Vaseline and crying.

Everybody (including myself) thought the “Coney Island Kid” had lost his mind.

Then Marbury, shook up the world of sports by moving to China. What is Marbury doing in China, you ask? He is playing basketball and wearing the number 33!!

That’s right — Marbury is playing basketball in the (CBA) the Chinese Basketball Association for the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, the league’s worst team.

Yeah, New York Knicks fans may have “hated “him.

But China “loves” him.

Matter of fact, Brave Dragons team owner Wang Xingjiang offered Marbury a $100,000 contract after reading on-line that the former Boston Celtics point guard didn’t have a NBA contract.

Xingjiang, however probably didn’t see Marbury eating Vaseline and acting erratic because the Chinese government banned the video from the Google search engine. I am just kidding that never happened.

But as crazy as we think Marbury is, moving to China may have been one of his smartest business decisions ever.

Because before leaving the United States, Marbury shipped 50,000 of his “Starbury” sneakers, which sale for only $14.98 to China and opened a store on a popular Chinese on-line shopping mall called

With 300 million kids in China, who love the game of basketball as his potential customers, Stephon “Ma Bu Li” his Chinese name, could be “crazy” rich.