Marbury gets ejected from game in China for 'punch,' madness ensues
FEB 06, 2014 4:47p ET
It seems like it has been a while since we last heard anything about Stephon Marbury.
Too long, right?
Well, the former NBA star is back in the news again and we couldn't be happier to bring you the details.
Marbury, who is still playing professional hoops for a team in China called the Beijing Ducks, was ejected from a recent game after throwing a "punch" at an opponent.
Nick Bedard, who writes the blog Basketball Buddha, was at the game and has the details:
With 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter, Marbury uses his patented NYC crossover to beat Sui Ran (#1) to the bucket, but as he goes up for a layup, his shoulder appears to slam into Ran's face. (Watch: 1:30 mark in the video above)
Ran's teammate, Wu Ke (#15), then delivers an elbow at Marbury, and all hell proceeds to break loose inside Beijing's Shougang Arena.
Marbury whirls around and shoves Wu while unleashing a half-punch that kind of lands around Wu Ke's chest (there's a massive height difference, with Marbury at 185 centimeters and Wu Ke at 210).
Check out the video:
Did things settle down after that? Nope.
There's more to this story: while officials were sorting out free throws, Shandong forward Donnell Harvey engaged Marbury's trainer in a bit of trash talk, with the two apparently agreeing to meet after the game to throw down.
The Ducks won 99-95.
Afterwards, players and personnel from both teams began shoving while heading down to their respective dressing rooms. I saw a Chinese player from Shandong punch Marbury's interpreter in the face during the post-game scuffle.
The poor interpreter!
Here's a few photos of the incident. (We don't think Marbury was really locked up, though.)
What did we take from all of this? It's good to see that Marbury is still making things happen on the court.