Ex-NBA player Mar­bury switches teams in China

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

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

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