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Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury always knew his destiny. Back in the day, as a 19-year-old precocious, big-city point guard he regularly boasted of revolutionizing the game at some point. Fast-forward some 15 years later and his reputation as a much maligned, somewhat misunderstood NBA journeyman, and all his prophesying is beginning to ring true.

No, inking a deal with Shanxi of the northern Chinese League doesn’t make “Starbury” the first former NBA star either cunning or humbled enough to make the trek abroad, all in a last-ditch effort to extend the reach of a declining career arch. But without question, it does make the one-time perennial all-star the biggest and perhaps hungriest talent to ever do so.

And a part of Stephon Marbury always knew it would come to this. You could say he expected and orchestrated it. With as much craft and savvy as he’s ever displayed on the court, becoming one of the NBA’s all-time leading assist men, Marbury is now focused on tapping into an unparalleled Chinese market–at least in terms of numbers–through his line of low cost “Starbury” shoes and apparel. Read more of this post

Lakers-Nuggets notebook

THE FACTS: Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and 13 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Los Angeles Lakers their first loss of the season, 118-112.

QUOTABLE: “When we went small our speed beat their size.”
— Nuggets coach George Karl

THE STAT: Backup point guard Ty Lawson scored 11 of his 17 points early in the fourth to spark a 16-0 Denver run and give his team a six-point lead.

TURNING POINT: Tied at 105, J.R. Smith hit a 3-pointer to spark an 11-0 Nuggets run to give them the lead for good. Read more of this post

Current NBA Rankings

Rank Status Player
1 John Wall
2 Blake Griffin
3 Eric Bledsoe
4 Evan Turner
5 Wes Johnson
6 Landry Fields
7 Derrick Favors
8 DeMarcus Cousins
9 Ish Smith
10 Gary Neal
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