Ex-Celtic Stephon Marbury Honored As ‘Role Model’ By Beijing Government

Stephon Marbury’s NBA days are a thing of the past, but his basketball career still is going strong.

The former Boston Celtics guard now laces up his Starburys for the Beijing Ducks of the Chinese Basketball Association, and he has reached a level of celebrity he never attained while playing in the States.

Marbury is a two-time CBA champion, had a statue erected in his honor in 2012 and this week was recognized as a “role model” by the Beijing government.

The 37-year-old tweeted out news of his commendation Wednesday. He was the only athlete and the only import honored.

Marbury played 13 NBA seasons for five teams after being drafted fourth overall in 1996. He wrapped up his career with a 23-game stint with the Celtics in 2009 before deciding to take his talents overseas.

h/t Boston.com

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@BDCCeltics

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