hinese netizens are congratulating basketball star Stephon Marbury for completing his two-week-long quarantine in Beijing.
Marbury is a two-time NBA All-Star who went on to become the most famous and successful foreign player to ever play in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) and an unlikely Beijing icon.
He won three CBA championships, millions of fans, and a Chinese green card.
After retiring as a player in 2018, Marbury became the head coach of the Beijing Royal Fighters (formerly, the Beijing Fly Dragons). This year his team’s record stands at a respectable 19-11
The CBA suspended its season following the coronavirus outbreak but is planning to restart in mid-April.
Foreign players have told to return for the end of the season or be banned from the league for the next three years. They have to come to China at least a few weeks early in order to undergo the quarantine required of international arrivals.
On Thursday, Marbury took to Weibo to tell his fans that his own time in quarantine was through. In his post, he writes that the “older sisters” of his neighborhood committee had praised him for his outstanding performance.
His health certificate refers to him as “Comrade Marbury.”
It’s still unclear exactly what form the CBA season will take when it resumes, however, games are expected to be played in front of empty arenas with no fans allowed inside.