Marbury on NBA comeback goal: 'I've spoken to a team'

Marbury has his eyes set on an NBA comeback, and according to him, at least one team is interested. Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY SportsUSA TODAY Sports

Stephon Marbury earlier this week expressed a desire to close out his professional basketball career with an NBA comeback. With Marbury being 40 , his dreams would appear to be an extreme long shot at best. But to hear it from Marbury, who became a star over the years in the Chinese Basketball Association, his NBA dreams may not be outside the realm of possibility after all.

“I’ve spoken to a team,” Marbury said in an interview with The Associated Press Wednesday night from Malaysia, via the Star Tribune. “It’s still premature right now, but I’m open to coming back and trying to play that veteran leadership role. … For myself it’s a perfect ending being able to mend ties. It will be a team that I will be able to help and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a great opportunity to be at my age to be able to hoop. I’m thankful for that. A lot of people can’t walk at my age.”

Marbury is under contract with the CBA’s Beijing Fly Dragons and will play with that team this season after becoming a cultural icon in China while playing for the Beijing Ducks (2011-2017). But with the CBA season ending in February or March, Marbury hopes to catch on with an NBA team afterward.

Marbury started the chatter about a potential NBA comeback with the following tweet posted Tuesday.

Marbury also posted the following video on Instagram where he laid out his plans in more detail.

Marbury last played in the NBA in 2009. He then traveled to China to continue his career in 2010, playing for the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and Foshan Dralions before finding a home in 2011 with the Ducks. In July, Marbury announced he would suit up for a “last and final season” in the CBA before retiring from professional basketball for good.

But according to Marbury, perhaps the final chapter of his pro basketball career might be in the NBA after all.

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