A LowerTheRim all time favorite Stephon Marbury is still doing his thing over in China, in case anyone needed an update. It would appear he’s made the orient his new home, as game by game players like he and Allen Iverson stand less of a chance of ever making it back. It is perhaps one of the great shames of the NBA, the way it selects certain players to vilify, and close its doors to, despite others with far worse track records. Whereas players like Stephen Jackson and Metta World Peace–who not too long ago were in the stands splitting fans’ wigs–are still making a decent living in the league, players like Marbury and Iverson remain pariahs forever and always, despite an MVP, despite the lasting contributions to the game, and despite–in Marbury’s case, world class philanthropy.
Let us not forget, that while most other players were donating mere “free throw-dependent” thousands during Hurricane Katrina, Marbury dumped an entire million on the cause, no strings attached. In 2007 he dropped 4 million on the city of New York: the police department, fire department, EMT, and Teacher’s Fund, respectively. In addition, he sells and wears his own $15 Starbury sneakers, affording young kids the chance to lace up with something that’s a brand name, and more than reasonably priced.
You’d think the NBA would leave its doors open to player like that, no matter the baggage. We wish him continued trash talking, and all the best.