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BEIJING, China - After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. [url=http://www. Antworten

BEIJING, China - After a roller-coaster NBA career, Stephon Marbury has found peace in basketball-crazed China. Howie Long Jersey . The two-time all-star is thriving on the court with the Beijing Ducks while becoming one with his adopted hometown away from basketball.He is so entrenched, he wants to one day coach Chinas national team.I plan on living here for the rest of my life, the 37-year-old point guard and Brooklyn native said in an interview in the lobby of his plush apartment building in the heart of Beijing. I think they respect me enough to be able to give me the opportunity.China is a world away from Marburys life in the U.S., where he endured a string of disappointing stints with several NBA teams. But he has found his groove in Beijing, leading the Ducks to two Chinese Basketball Association championships. He is an unrivaled fan favourite and the teams on-court leader — the organization has even erected a statue of him in front of its arena.Marbury has capitalized on the opportunities China offers to foreign basketball players and other athletes capable of adjusting to the considerable cultural, linguistic and culinary challenges of life in the rising Asian power. Already dominant at the Olympics and Asian Games, the worlds second largest economy is now undergoing a boom in professional sports stoked by foreign coaches and players.I dont make nowhere near the money that I made when I was playing in the NBA, Marbury said, but Im way happier, so I mean, what is that to say?A big part of Marburys Chinese appeal has been his willingness to embrace local culture and make himself accessible to fans.He rides the Beijing subway with a backpack and headphones, posing for photos with people he meets along the way. He dines at local eateries, and digs into the same simple meals as his Chinese teammates.Marbury has been a vocal supporter of Guoan, Beijings beloved local football team, and studied the graceful martial art of tai chi. He even took a stab at learning Chinese before a knee surgery threw him off his lessons.Hes also active on Weibo, the ubiquitous Chinese version of Twitter. A typical post: Good morning China! Live in the moment with pure loving intentions to all. Love is Love!!!He wrote a column — Starbury News — in the China Daily newspaper, and if he had any negative feelings about China, he kept them to himself.Marbury was seen as a loner in America, but hes completely changed his image here in China. Hes shown huge interest helping both his team and young people generally, said veteran Chinese sportscaster Xu Jicheng.Basketball is already hugely popular in China, as is American music and fashion. Urban courts are filled with youngsters showing off their moves, while hip-hop fashions are a favourite of those born in the 1980s and 90s.Fans have also connected with Marbury.When he scores for the Ducks, each basket is celebrated by an MC and echoed by fans at the arena operated by the teams sponsor, Capital Iron and Steel, in Beijings far western suburbs. Marbury can still score, he had a 46-point game in a one-point loss to the Xinjiang Flying Tigers.Its not exactly Madison Square Garden, but crowds at the Shougang Basketball Center are enthusiastic. Songs by Sugar Hill Gang and other hip hop classics play over the PA — with Marbury at the centre of it all.Marbury is why we come to these games. Hes the one whos really made them play like they never played before, said Ricky Chen, a 26-year-old Beijing office worker who endured a two-hour trip on the subway to catch a game with his girlfriend.A college standout at Georgia Tech, Marbury was a first-round pick in the 1996 NBA draft by Milwaukee, but traded to Minnesota. He also played for New Jersey and Phoenix before joining the New York Knicks amid high expectations that were never realized. His last stop in the NBA was with Boston in 2009.With his NBA options becoming limited, Marbury decided in 2010 to head for China in hopes of jump-starting his career.That leap of faith landed him initially in gritty Taiyuan in Chinas northern coal country. A contract dispute with the Brave Dragons soon left him high and dry, although Marbury said he never considered heading home.I was, like, if I go back to America Im going to get killed by the media. Im done. This is it. My career is done, my life is over with, Marbury said.Salvation came in the form of the Foshan Dragons in the industrial south.Along the way, he has relaunched his Starbury sportswear brand, whose logo is tattooed on his shaved head. This fall he was featured in a live musical production using his China experience as an allegory for overcoming hardship.Marbury is one of dozens of foreign players in the CBA, which allows teams to play two non-Chinese players at a time for a total of six quarters per game. Some have found the success that eluded them in the U.S., such as former NBA journeyman Lester Hudson, the CBAs MVP last season, and Jamaal Franklin, a former second-round draft pick of the Memphis Grizzlies, the leagues leading scorer this season.Other NBA All-Stars have given China a shot — including Metta World Peace, Tracy McGrady and Gilbert Arenas, with varying degrees of success.But none embraced the country in the way Marbury has.It makes him one of the few CBA foreigners that arent likely to be painted as mercenaries, said Andrew Crawford, whose website, Shark Fin Hoops, covers Chinese basketball. Hes the first foreigner in the CBA to make a huge and sustained deal out of how much he likes being in Beijing, and that means a lot.Marbury believes he can play another two or three years but no matter what happens on the court — or with his coaching ambitions — he plans to keep China at the centre of his life and career.I am forever indebted to this country for them helping change my life and my basketball career, and how Im viewed in the world of basketball. Willie Brown Jersey . -- Green Bay wide receiver Greg Jennings will be on the sideline as the Packers make their push for a perfect regular season. Obi Melifonwu Jersey . But San Diego had even more trouble against right-hander Tanner Roark, who pitched a three-hitter for the first complete game of his career as the Nationals shut out the Padres 4-0. The 27-year-old set down the first 16 batters before San Diego catcher Rene Rivera, an . http://www.shoptheraidersonline.com/Elite-Dave-Casper-Raiders-Jersey/ . 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The story line against Mayweather was whether a young and strong champion could solve a puzzle no other boxer had been able to. The story line against Angulo will be whether Alvarez can come back from the loss and establish himself again as one of the stars of the sport. "What happened in September is in the past," Alvarez insisted. "Im fully concentrated on this fight." Alvarez didnt pick a walkover for his comeback fight, the first of what he hopes to be three bouts this year. Angulo is a rugged and hard-hitting contender who may come into the ring as a big underdog but will have more than just a punchers chance. Angulo was stopped in his last fight by Erislandy Lara after his left eye swelled shut in the 10th round. But he had knocked Lara down twice earlier and was holding his own before suddenly turning his back to Lara in a sign he couldnt go on. "Im ready to chase him or fight him like a true Mexican warrior," Angulo said. "I plan to test him like hes never been tested before. I dont think anyone has ever hit Canelo as hard as Im going to hit him." The fight is part of a pay-per-view card on Showtime that was supposed to include a fight between IBF light middleweight champion Carlos Molina and challenger Jermall Charlo. That fight was cancelled Friday, though, while Molina remained in a Las Veegas jail on a 2007 felony warrant for failing to register as a sex offender. Rodney Hudson Jersey. Promoters elevated a lightweight fight between Ricardo Alvarez, brother of Canelo Alvarez, and Sergio Thompson to the televised spot instead. Alvarez weighed in at 155 pounds Friday, the contract limit, to 154 1/2 for Angulo. Angulo (22-3, 18 knockouts) has had his own issues with jail, spending eight months at a detention facility in California after turning himself in for being in the U.S. on an expired visa. The native of Mexico says he has since cleared up his immigration issues, and devoted himself to his boxing career at the age of 31. 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