The last time we checked in on Stephon Marbury, he was getting ejected from a Chinese Basketball Association game after taking a swing at an opponent.
While things appeared somewhat bleak then, it seems that the 37-year-old former NBA star has righted the ship for the Beijing Ducks who last night pulled out a victory over the Guangdong Southern Tigers to come within one game of the CBA Finals. Marbury dropped 44 points in the contest, while fellow former Knick Randolph Morris added 33 to give the team a 2-1 lead in their best of 3 semi-finals series. Guangdong, which had the best regular season record in the CBA (Beijing had the fourth best record), boasts some former NBA talent of its own in Royal Ivey, Josh Powell and Yi Jianlian, who leads the team in scoring.
Marbury and Morris, of course, were teammates on the 2008 Knicks, the second-most embarrassing New York squad of all-time behind this year's Knicks. So although the Knicks are currently a running joke, six years from now, JR Smith and Raymond Felton will probably be lighting it up en route to the CBA Finals. [CNTV]