Well before Stephon Marbury became an international basketball star at China with his own statue and postage stamp, "Starbury" was a playground legend in New York City. See photos from Marbury's early years at Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, his one season at Georgia Tech and his years in the NBA. Marbury is in his seventh season in China, his fifth with the Beijing Ducks. As of the end of March, he was averaging 18.4 points and 5.7 assists.
The Lincoln High School (Brooklyn, N.Y.) basketball team on Nov. 19, 1991. Front row, left to right, Tchaka Shipp, Asher Beard, Darryle Flicking, Corey Johnson and Esaun Pinto, all returning Stars at Lincoln High School, carry newcomer Stephon Marbury. Other newcomers on the team are in the background. November 19, 1991.
Lincoln High School basketball star Stephon Marbury during a PSAL semifinal game at Hunter College Gym on March 14, 1994.
Lincoln High School basketball star Stephon Marbury during a game against Walton at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn on March 5, 1994.
Lincoln High point guard Stephon Marbury gets airborne in the first half against Christ the King in the Class A final on March 25, 1995.
Lincoln High School basketball star Stephon Marbury in the school's gym on April 13, 1994.
Lincoln High School's Stephon Marbury drives against Clinton High School on March 3, 1995 at Riverbank State Park.
Georgia Tech guard Stephon Marbury dribbles around Louisville guard Alvin Sims in the first half at the Jeep Eagle Classic in Atlanta on Saturday, Dec.16,1995.
Georgia Tech's Stephon Marbury drives the ball past Maryland's Terrell Stokes in an ACC Matchup on Feb. 3, 1996, at Cole Field House on the University of Maryland Campus.
Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech during the Yellow Jackets' 88-74 loss to the University of Maryland in an ACC matchup at Cole Field House Arena in College Park, Maryland, on Feb. 3, 1996.
Stephon Marbury of Georgia Tech shoots from underneath the basket as Tim Duncan of Wake Forest tries to block the shot during Wake Forest's 75-74 win to repeat as ACC Champions on March 10, 1996.
Family members lay their hands on Georgia Tech's Stephon Marbury, center, in a New York restaurant on Wednesday, April 3, 1996, after the freshman officially announced that he had signed with an agent and would make himself available for the NBA Draft. From left are, Marbury's brothers Norman and Eric, his mother Mabel and father Don Marbury Sr.
Georgia Tech's Stephon Marbury of Brooklyn speaks during a news conference after working out with the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, June 14, 1996, in Philadelphia. The 76ers have the first draft choice in the 1996 NBA draft.
First-round draft pick Stephon Marbury and NBA Commissioner David Stern shake hands after Marbury was picked fourth overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1996 NBA Draft on June 26, 1996, at the Continental Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Stephon Marbury of the Minnesota Timberwolves stands on the court during a Dec. 19, 1996, game against the Sacramento Kings at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California.
Stephon Marbury of the Minneapolis Timberwolves pumps his fist during an April 28, 1998, game against the Seattle SuperSonics at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Minnesota Timberwolves' Joe Smith, left, Stephon Marbury and Kevin Garnett, right, pose for photographers on picture day Jan. 25, 1999, in Minneapolis.
Stephon Marbury of the New Jersey Nets looking on during a March 17, 1999, game against the Dallas Mavericks at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Nets defeated the Mavericks 88-87.
New Jersey Nets' Stephon Marbury talks with first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton during their visit to the trading floor of the Canadian International Bank of Commerce in New York, on Dec. 7, 1999, to participate in the firm's annual program to raise money for children's charities.
Stephon Marbury of New Jersey Nets looks on from the court during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey on Feb. 22, 2000. The Lakers defeated the Nets 97-89.
Stephon Marbury of the New Jersey Nets questions a call during the game against the Orlando Magic on Dec. 2, 2000, at the TD Waterhouse Centre in Orlando, Florida. The Magic defeated the Nets 83-80.
New Jersey Nets guard Stephon Marbury is forced to pass under pressure from Orlando Magic forward Monty Williams during the second quarter of the game at the Arena in Orlando on Jan. 10, 2000.
New Jersey Nets guard Stephon Marbury and his 20-month-old daughter Xaviera keep their eyes on the score during the NBA Rookies vs. Sophomores game during NBA All-Star Weekend on Feb. 10, 2001 at the MCI Center in Washington, DC.
Stephon Marbury, left, and Phoenix Suns teammate Anfernee Hardaway sit out the final minutes of the game as they lose to the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena on December 9, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Phoenix Suns' Stephon Marbury watches the action, along with the crowd, while waiting to enter the game against the Hosuton Rockets during the second quarter Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003 at America West Arena in Phoenix.
Phoenix Suns' Stephon Marbury, left, and Houston Rockets Yao Ming, right, watch from the seats during the NBA All Star Rookie Challenge in Atlanta, Saturday, Feb. 8, 2003.
Stephon Marbury of the United States rests in the men's basketball preliminary game against Puerto Rico on August 15, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at the Indoor Arena of the Helliniko Olympic Complex in Athens, Greece. Puerto Rico won 92-73.
Stephon Marbury, Olympic torchbearer and New York Knicks point guard, carries the Olympic Flame during Day 15 of the Athens 2004 Olympic Torch Relay on June 19, 2004 in New York City.
Richard Jefferson (L), sits on the bench next to American team mates Stephon Marbury and Carmelo Anthony during their Olympic Games men's basketball semi final match against Argentina on Aug. 27, 2004, at the Olympic Indoor Hall in Athens.
Stephon Marbury attends the Knicks Bowl 5 benefit for the Red for Children Foundation March 31, 2004 in New York City.
Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks tries to get the crowd louder during the final seconds of regulation of their game against the Dallas Mavericks on January 12, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Mavericks won 127-121 in overtime.
Stephon Marbury talks to teammate Allan Houston of the New York Knicks during their game against the Dallas Mavericks on January 12, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks waits to be introduced against the Houston Rockets during their game at Madison Square Garden on January 8, 2004 in New York City.
Referee Leroy Richardson talks with Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 1, 2004 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Knicks won 90-82.
New York City Department of Education chief executive of the office of strategic partnership, Caroline Kennedy, left, is joined by hip hop mogul Jay-Z, second from left, New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury, second from right, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. during a press conference to launch the Adopt a School-Kids are Everyone's Business, Monday, Jan. 26, 2004 in New York.
From left, Stephon Marbury, Ja Rule, Allan Houston, Tim Thomas, and Penny Hardaway pose for a photo during the New York Knicks-Player Foundation Holiday Carnival December 23, 2004 at the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum in New York City.
Rap star Fat Joe talks with New York Knick Stephon Marbury during the New York Knicks-Player Foundation Holiday Carnival at the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum in New York City on Dec. 23, 2004.
Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks wais to enter the game against the Boston Celtics on March 23, 2005 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks watches game seven of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons during the 2006 NBA Playoffs at the Palace at Auburn Hills May 21, 2006 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The Detroit Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 79-61, to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Stephon Marbury of the New York Knicks looks on during a game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden on November 18, 2006 in New York City.
From left, model Fernando Mota, NY Knick Stephon Marbury and model Petra Nemcova attend the 8th annual Knicks Bowl fund raiser to benefit children in crisis in the tri-state area at Chelsea Piers on March 8, 2007 in New York City.