STEPHON Marbury will soon be hanging up his sneakers.
The former NBA All-Star announced his retirement on Sunday via a post on Twitter of his plan to retire from basketball after the 2017-18 season of the Chinese Basketball Association.
The 40-year old point guard played for 13 seasons in the NBA before opting to play overseas in China, where helped the Beijing Ducks win three championships.
A hoops legend in his native New York, ‘Starbury’ was the fourth overall pick in the 1996 draft and a member of the 1997 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In his first three years in the NBA, Marbury played alongside Kevin Garnett with the Minnesota Timberwolves. He later demanded a trade and would see varying degrees of success and would clash with his coaches and management in his time with the New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
Marbury was twice named to the All-NBA Third Team twice (1999-00 and 2002-03) and was an All-Star selection in 2001 and 2003. He was the NBA assists leader in 2003-04.
After his last game with the Celtics in the 2008-09 season, Marbury played in 846 games and averaged 19.3 points, 7.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals.
Marbury played for Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and Foshan Dralions but it was with Beijing that saw his rise in the CBA.
Marbury was named Finals MVP after the Ducks took the title in 2015. He was also the MVP in 2013.
A recent Manila visitor, Marbury is also known for launching the Starbury line of inexpensive basketball and lifestyle footwear.