As funny as it seems, Coney Island's Stephon Marbury is actually beloved in China, where he is still playing ball for the Beijing Ducks. He's become idolized to the point that he's getting his own play dubbed "I Was Marbury."
Marbury will reportedly play himself in the theatrical play, which will chronicle his championship winning season in 2011-12 with the Beijing Ducks.
According to Sports Illustrated:
The play’s director, Zhou Wenhong, told Chinese media that the main theme of the play will be “never give up” and will incorporate choreographed basketball moves with dance. Marbury, however, describes the play’s story in grander terms, saying in a press conference the play focuses on “Sino-US relations”.
Marbury will play himself in the production, but will only appear in a few scenes — the story apparently focuses on other Chinese characters who have been inspired by Marbury.
A theme of 'never give up' relayed through choreographed basketball moves with dance? This is bizarre even by Stabury's standards. Furthermore, guest stars are scheduled to make nightly appearances, including Yao Ming.
'I Was Marbury' will play for 11 nights at the Beijing Wukesong Stadium starting on October 11th.