Stephon Marbury has made his impact known in China for quite some time now as part of the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association, and now the country is recognizing his talents in a major way.
The former Boston Celtics player took to his Twitter account to announce that a museum in his honor is being built in Beijing. “Jesus DID It PERIOD! #Godisgreat,” he wrote. Named “The House Of Marbury Museum”, the 300-square foot building will host his jerseys, trophies and other memorabilia.
— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) December 21, 2015
“My Beijing jersey means more to me than any of them,” he said per china.org.cn. “I don’t [say] that because of the championship, but just because I’m here at home and I’ve had a support system.” The Coney Island native found his footing in China in 2010 after a stint with the Celtics in 2009. On his previous work in the NBA, which includes the Minnesota Timberwolves, former New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, and the New York Knicks, Marbury said, “All those places that I’ve played at is a preparation for me to come to Beijing. For me, my Beijing jersey will be the jersey that I will retire here in China.”
This isn’t the first honor that China has bestowed upon Marbury. A statue of the basketball star’s likeness was created three years ago and a postage stamp was released in April.
Marbury led the Ducks to win three CBA championships since he joined the team in 2011.