Beijing veteran Stephon Marbury (L) and the Beijing Ducks facing off Sichuan on Sunday evening, Feb 19th 2017. [Photo: Xinhua]
Today marks Beijing veteran Stephon Marbury's 40th birthday, arousing speculation Marbury might be prepared to retire after the Ducks failed to make the playoffs.
However, Marbury has since gone online to possibly refute the rumors, issuing a somewhat cryptic statement saying -quote- "This is not the END for me," with END in all caps.
Marbury has been a fan-favorite here in China for years after coming over after retiring from the NBA.
In China Basketball Association action from last night,
Attempting to channel his best Wilt Chamberlain, Jimmer Fredette continues to show why he was such a standout in US college hoops.
Fredette scored 73 points last night for the Shanghai Sharks.
However, his monumental effort still wasn't enough, as Shanghai went down to Zhejiang Guangsha 135-132 last night.
The victory puts Guangsha into a 3-way tie for 2nd in the league standings with Shanghai and Guangdong, each with a 30-8 record.
Guangdong beat up on the Guangzhou Long-Lions 117-96 last night.
In other action, league leaders Xinjiang rolled over Tianjin 123-83.
Sichuan edged out the Beijing Ducks 114-113, meaning the Ducks have fallen short of a playoff spot, with Shandong moving into 8th with a 112-111 win over Qingdao.
Shanxi got past Bayi 99-92.
Jilin thumped Jiangsu Tongxi 106-89.
Fujian held off Beijing Beikong 124-118.
Shenzhen edged Jiangsu Nangang 97-93.
And led by Lester Hudson's 48-point performance, it was Liaoning destroying Zhejiang Chouzhou 155-95.
As such... the playoff picture looks like this for round 1.
League leaders Xinjiang will take on Shandong.
Shanghai will take on the defending champions Sichuan.
Not much travel for Yi Jianlian and company, as Guangdong Southern will take on Shenzhen.
And Liaoning will take on Zhejiang Guangsha.1 2