The man who brought Beijing three CBA titles in four years is not going anywhere anytime soon. Stephon Marbury took to Twitter to answer a very simple question.
Marbury, who turned 38 in February, will enter his 19th season as a professional basketball player when the Beijing Ducks tip off the 2015-2016 CBA season in November. In 2013, Marbury signed a three-year contract that is set to expire after this season. Of course, now that he says he’s got three to five years of basketball left in him, his recent contract extension seems relevant. But with the CBA becoming one of the elite basketball leagues in the world, it’s hard to picture Marbury keeping up with the pack at 43 years old (five years from now).
The CBA regular season schedule is nowhere near the length of an NBA regular season schedule. A CBA regular season consists of only 38 games compared to NBA’s 82. During his time in China, Marbury has been able to serious injuries. His only major injury came in 2013-2014 when he hurt his knee requiring surgery. Other than that, he’s been relatively healthy for his entire five years in the CBA.
In the 2015 CBA finals, Marbury was the x-factor for Beijing winning the finals MVP trophy averaging nearly 30 points per game.