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Stephon Marbury to play himself in a theatrical play in China

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Stephon Marbury is getting his own play. Tickets for "I Was Marbury," which will chronicle his championship-winning season with the Beijing Ducks in 2011-2012, are already on sale, and Marbury will play himself. From Sports Illustrated:

The play's director, Zhou Wenhong, told Chinese media that the main theme of the play will be "never give up" and will incorporate choreographed basketball moves with dance. Marbury, however, describes the play's story in grander terms, saying in a press conference the play focuses on "Sino-US relations".

Marbury will play himself in the production, but will only appear in a few scenes -- the story apparently focuses on other Chinese characters who have been inspired by Marbury.

According to the production's official website, the show will have a different guest star each night, including Yao Ming and former NBA journeyman Wang Zhizhi.

Yao Ming and Wang Zhizhi! This sounds delightfully weird. While this will likely draw some laughs in North America, Marbury is a legitimate star in China. He averaged 21.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists last season in Beijing, winning his second CBA title in three seasons. People will actually watch this play, which will run for 11 nights starting on Oct. 1 at Beijing Wukesong Stadium, per SI.

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