By Bridget O’Donnell
Stephon Marbury didn’t get the CBA finals MVP trophy, but perhaps a bronze statue will do?
Thanks to an online campaign with over a million voters at HoopChina, the former NBA star will be honored with the statue treatment. The life size piece will depict the point guard the moment he hoisted the CBA championship trophy for the first time.
China seems to love honoring national sports heroes with statues — tennis star Li Na, Olympic hurdler Liu Xiang and basketball legend Yao Ming all have their own. It only makes sense that Marbury, who has in a way been adopted by China, would too immortalized in metallic form for all to see.
On Tuesday, it was announced that a clay version of the statue had been completed. It was shipped to Jiangxi province for bronze-ification purposes and could be completed in as little as 24 days.
It’s unclear where the statue will stand, but it really only makes sense to be in Beijing — Marbury led the Ducks won their first CBA championship two weeks ago.
Marbury, who was ineligible to receive the MVP award because of CBA rules, wrote on Sina Weibo: “I can’t begin to thank you for making the gesture of making a statue of me. Words can not explain how I felt when I heard this …”
Now if only he could get his house back…