NBA fans haven't heard from Stephon Marbury in recent years, but the folks over in China still get to see him play basketball.
Well, they get to see him when he's allowed in the arena.
Marbury recently missed 22 games with an injury, according to BeijingCream's Nick Bedard. When he finally returned to the court for the Beijing Ducks against the Shandong Flaming Bulls, he didn't even make it through the entire game.
The point guard was ejected after being involved in a skirmish late in the third quarter:
Bedard provided an explanation as to what happened:
Fans become all the more aggravated when officials announce that Marbury has been ejected from the game. He was assessed a technical foul on the initial drive to the hoop (a confusing, terrible call), then another technical for throwing a punch.
There’s more to this story: while officials were sorting out free throws, Shandong forward Donnell Harvey engaged Marbury’s trainer in a bit of trash talk, with the two apparently agreeing to meet after the game to throw down.
Following the game, the teams also reportedly exchanged shoves while heading to their locker rooms.
Blogger Alexander Chernykh tweeted out some interesting sights from the incident:
The Ducks managed to pull out a 99-95 victory despite not having Marbury for the final quarter.