Ex-NBA player Marbury switches teams in China
BEIJING: Former NBA bad boy Stephon Marbury has parted acrimoniously with yet another employer, splitting with his team in northern China to sign with another Chinese squad, state media said Wednesday.
The former NBA all-star, who resurrected his career by coming to China earlier this year, signed a contract Tuesday with the Chinese Basketball Association's Foshan Dragon Lions, the official China News Service said.
That came after the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons last week released Marbury, 33, on a sour note, the report said, with the team citing salary "reasons" and Marbury's inability to guarantee his fitness to play.
Marbury meanwhile accused the team of "lying to him and Shanxi's fans", the report said, giving no details.
AFP was unable to immediately contact the teams, Marbury, or the CBA for comment, and none of the parties appears to have made a public statement.
Marbury-the first player to appear in both an NBA and a CBA All-Star game-is by far the biggest foreign star ever to play in China. He joined Shanxi in early 2010 to revive his playing career after falling out with his NBA teams and to market his "Starbury" brand of basketball shoes. -Afp