Marbury spoke to SI Now on Thursday and said his career numbers both in the NBA and playing in China are enough to justify his place in Springfield.
The former Knick and Boston Celtic tweeted earlier this week that he’s “working” to return to the NBA. While some are skeptical he can do so, Marbury said on Thursday that he’s already spoken to one team. And now that the BIG3 has seen a player return to the NBA, maybe Marbury’s not so far off here.
Still, when asked about his chances of reaching the Hall of Fame, Marbury was confident he’s already made his case.
“My numbers are Hall of Fame,” Marbury said. “That’s it.”
The guard stressed that his global impact is a significant factor in his reasoning, and the numbers he’s put up playing in China should be considered in his candidacy.
“That’s what it comes down to and what you’ve done,” he added. “My mark on basketball globally is beyond – it’s never been done before. Something that’s never been done before obviously, you have to show homage to that.”
Marbury insisted he wasn’t worried about his age, and said he should be judged on his ability to play, not how old he is. And while he’s still under contract in China, he seems done with playing overseas.
“I do want to get on the court. I want to finish my career playing basketball in China, playing basketball in America and possibly playing in the BIG3. I want to give the fans and those who supported me the opportunity to see me for the last time playing on the basketball court.”
It certainly seems like Marbury would be a great fit for the league if no one in the NBA doesn’t scoop him up first.