Former Knick Stephon Marbury is looking to return to the NBA, eight years after playing his last game in the league.
Marbury posted a video Tuesday on his Instagram account in which he says, “Yes, it’s true. An NBA comeback is coming. Love is love.”
The Coney Island product already announced that this would be his final season playing basketball. He signed with the Beijing Fly Dragons after an enormously successful run playing for the Beijing Ducks.
Marbury, 40, won three Chinese Basketball Association championships playing for the Ducks. He also was honored with a statue, had a museum dedicated to him and a musical based on his life.
Marbury’s NBA career ended unceremoniously with the Celtics in 2009 after he was waived by the Knicks following 4½ turbulent seasons playing in his hometown.
“I’m making a #nba come back for the fans who want to see me play my last year as a pro,” Marbury wrote on his Instagram page. “After hearing so many people say come back I finally prayed about it and gave it major thought. I thought the perfect ending would of been retiring with the Beijing Ducks but it’s clear the GM had other thoughts which is fine. My love for the ducks will always be A1 from day 1.
“I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift. Being able to stay mentally focused and physically fit takes a different type of discipline. I’m motivated to make this the best year of my career as I end a 21 year long journey in the game I love.”
A two-time NBA All-Star, Marbury was the No. 4 pick in the 1996 draft. He’s also played for the Timberwolves, Suns and Nets, and has career averages of 19.3 points and 7.6 assists.