The last we heard from Stephon Marbury(notes), his Chinese expedition wasn't going so well. 15 points and 0 for 6 from 3-point range in a loss and just 28 minutes. So basically, typical Stephon Marbury stats. Except in China, stats are supposed to be comically huge.
It seems like Starbury has figured something out, because not ony did he get named to the All-Star team, he was even named MVP of the game. Ballin!
The former Minnesota, New Jersey, Phoenix, New York Knicks and Boston point guard, twice an NBA All Star, scored 30 points at Beijing's Wukesong Arena to lift his North team to a 133-121 victory over the South Sunday.
More than just his scoring, it was his array of "no-look passes, alley-hoops and mid-court three-pointers" that won Marbury Most Valuable Player honors and rescued what had been "quite a dull game," according to the Xinhua news agency.
Dang, Steph. Mid-court three pointers? Never change.
Naturally, Marbury played it cool because he always plays it cool.
"I didn't expect anything before the game," Marbury, who plays for the Shanxi CBA team, said. "I just wanted to have fun here. But I do think I made some impact on this game."
You could say that. Mostly with the "alley-hoops."
Of course, Marbury's team finished the season below .500 and out of the playoffs. The more things change, the more they stay the same.