Marbury: NBA comeback is coming

Steph Marbury says he would like to finish his career in the NBA.

Former All-Star point guard Stephon Marbury would like to retire from the NBA during the upcoming season, he announced on social media Tuesday.

“Yes, it’s true. An NBA comeback is coming,” Marbury said on his Instagram account.

Marbury, 40, is under contract with the Beijing Fly Dragons and intends to honor the contract — as he has not received a training camp invitation from the NBA.

Nearly a decade ago, Cleveland Cavaliers starĀ LeBron James told reporters of Marbury, “I would not want a player like that on my team.”

Marbury was the No. 4 overall selection in the 1996 draft. He played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. He last played in the NBA in 2008-09 and has been playing in China since 2010.

He compiled NBA career averages of 19.3 points and 7.6 assists per game.

“Marbury, a Brooklyn native, had a tumultuous five-year stint with the Knicks that included clashes with coaches and teammates — and little success on the court,” ESPN wrote. “It ended with the Knicks and Marbury agreeing on a buyout in 2009 after the point guard was benched for his final season in New York.”

Marbury signed a one-year contract with the Fly Dragons in July.

I'm making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro. After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it's clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1. I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I'm motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love. It's been a blessing to play 13 years in the @nba and this year 9 years in the @cbachina China has groomed my game and my style of play. China made me sharp and consistent. We practice Monday-Wed from 9-11:45 and 3-5:45. Thursday one practice 9-11:45 and Friday-Sat same schedule as M-W. I thought I would die at first coming from the NBA where you can't practice that long before the season starts. Oh and we do that for over 40 days. This way of training can either break you or make you. I'd like to look at it as it made me. So I'm ready and prepared to take on a challenge I once faced but with chips under my belt along with all that has come with winning chips in China. Statues, museum, green card, Honorary citizen, ambassador for the environmental protection bureau, key to the city, only 30 people ever to receive the key to the city of Beijing and MY PEACE something no one can ever take. So with all of these things I feel complete and ready to turn towards the last page of my basketball dairy that I've been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High. I thank all of the positive energy from all those who showed it throughout my time away from the NBA. Thank you for always keeping it 100. @stephonmarbury_3 @espn @marcjspears @nytimes @nypost @nydailynews @newsday @slamonline #starburymovement #starbuy #loveislove

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