Stephon Marbury And Jimmer Fredette Get Into Altercation In China

Bryan Brandom
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A matchup between two of the greatest players in the history of the Chinese Basketball Association, Stephon Marbury and Jimmer Fredette, nearly came to blows on Friday.

After Fredette, star of the Shanghai Sharks, got stripped by the Beijing Beikong Fly Dragons’ Marbury, the pair exchanged shoves and breath checks until officials stopped and separated them.

“Haha, he forgot what an NBA steal felt like,” said the 40-year-old Marbury—an NBA All-Star in 2001 and 2003—after the game. “That’s how we played in ’96 and for sure in Coney Island. … Getting suspended for the season wasn’t worth letting him feel the real power, so I settled with a hug and a ‘good game’ after the game. All is well, I’ll see them in Beijing.”

Marbury is huge in China, but Fredette’s star is on the rise—he was last season’s international MVP, averaging 37.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1.6 steals per game on 47.4 percent shooting, 39.6 percent from deep. Chinese fans’ nickname for the guy who spent parts of seven seasons in the NBA: “The Lonely God.”

On Friday, his Sharks got the best of Marbury and Co. in overtime, 123-119.

Jimmer dropped 54 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. Marbury had just four points, six rebounds, and four assists.