From 1999-2001, Stephon Marbury was a member of the New Jersey Nets. It was a homecoming of sorts as the kid from Coney Island set out to make a name for himself in the NBA as the leading man and out of Kevin Garnett's shadow in Minnesota.
Although Marbury's game grew each year in Jersey and culminated in a memorable appearance in the 2001 All Star Game, the team did not make the playoffs or appear to be heading in the right direction. Marbury's journey took him to Phoenix and everywhere in between as he dealt with the various stressors of being a star athlete.
Now, we'll be seeing that journey in film form. With none other than Kevin Durant as executive producer, "A Kid from Coney Island" tracks Marbury's journey from early 1990s Brooklyn all the way to China and everything in between.
The official trailer was released this week. According to Peter Robert Casey of Slam Magazine, the film is due for a limited theatrical release in March of this year.
Marbury has lived a fascinating life. He went from the highs of being the franchise player in Phoenix and the man expected to bring the New York Knicks back to contention after the Patrick Ewing era to the unspeakable lows of having a breakdown online and being forced to leave the NBA.
From there, he went to China and it changed his life. He became a hero to Chinese basketball fans and a global ambassador for the game of basketball. He won three Chinese Basketball Association titles. There’s a larger-than-life statue outside of MasterCard Center,home of his Beijing Ducks. China issued a postage stamp honoring him. There was even a musical about his life, starring him! China’s love of the game may have been spurred by the exploits of Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, but don’t deny his influence. He was and is beloved.
His journey also taught as a valuable life lesson, which I wrote about a few years ago:
Seeing Stephon’s success there has reaffirmed valuable lessons I and a lot of other people have had to learn in our lives. Even when you’re at your lowest point and feel all your hard work has been for nothing, there are people who will have your back and help you through your rough patch. It’s easy to fall into a pit of despair when you’ve failed at something, but how you respond to it is the most important thing. When you’re in a toxic environment, it’s okay to remove yourself from it, reevaluate where things are going, and start over somewhere else. You’ll be better off in the short and long term.
I can't wait to see his story being told.
- Former NBA Star Stephon Marbury’s Headline-Making Life Subject of New Doc — Watch First Trailer - Lindsay Kimble - People