Stephon Marbury jokes he contributed to his own fandom’s pain

Stephon Marbury has done more than win basketball games in both the U.S. and China. It was revealed earlier this month that he is the winner of this year’s Pioneer Award, which recognizes significant contributions to the US-China relationship.

In an interview about the award with CNBC’s Beijing Inside China host, Eunice Yoon, the former Knick jokingly talked about the struggle of being a Knicks fan. After stating he believes one day the Knicks will “win the opportunity” to go to the playoffs, he discussed the struggle of being a Knicks fan.

“I’m still a Knicks fan, after all the nonsense I’ve been through, everything I’ve been through in my life with the Knicks, I’m still a New York fan.”

“Look, see, this is what we go through… I even put us through it (smiling).”

What is the Pioneer Award?

It is presented by the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China), which is a business-oriented lobbying organization.

Why did Stephon Marbury, of all people, receive the award?

As explained by AmCham China:

Stephon has embodied those principles since arriving here in 2010, both through exemplary leadership on the basketball court, and through a range of entrepreneurial and philanthropic ventures off it. Leading the Beijing Ducks to three CBA titles in four years (2012-15), Stephon is often referred to as Commissar Ma (马政委) due to his role as mentor and coach to his Chinese teammates and youth players. Off the court, he has been involved in a variety of business ventures, and, in 2014, he was named one of the Top 10 Model Citizens for Beijing – the first foreigner to receive this award – due to his commitment to the Beijing community and his charity work.


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