After his final game in China on Sunday, former Knicks PG Stephon Marbury has officially hung up his shoes.
The 40-year-old is done with basketball after a long career that was split between the NBA and China, starting in 1996 when he was drafted by the Timberwolves. After playing one season in Boston, Marbury took his talents across the Pacific Ocean to China, where he signed with the Shanxi Zhon Brave Dragons. He has played for the Foshan Dralions, Beijing Ducks, and most recently, the Beijing Fly Dragons as well.
Marbury feels that it was his destiny to finish his career in China despite noting that he wanted to make an NBA comeback.
"Ending my basketball career here in China completes me. This is it -- no NBA, no anywhere. This is the way it's supposed to end, here with you and only you," Marbury told the fans watching after his final game.
Marbury mentioned earlier this month that he is at peace with his decision to step away from the game.
"I'm tired, man. I'm tired. I played 22 years," he said. "It's all good. I'm straight with how it is right now. i like being able to have control over going out the way I want to go out. I'm 100 percent at peace with it. One hundred percent."
After 13 years in the NBA, Marbury also believes that his numbers are Hall of Fame worthy. He averaged 19.3 points, 7.6 assists, and shot 43.3 percent from the field in his career.
"My numbers are Hall of Fame. That's first," Marbury said. "You look at guys who have never won championships on the globe, they are in the Hall of Fame. Two, what I have done to help basketball globally to bridge the gap from America to China, with China being one of the main components on the Earth for basketball, that right there alone should bridge that gap."
Of the five teams he played for in the NBA, Marbury spent five seasons with the Knicks, averaging 18.2 points, seven assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game.
Marbury intends on staying in China to work on "projects" related to basketball, as he said, "I feel like I [owe] this country for doing what they've done for me."