To all the dear fans who have been supporting me for the past 6 years :
I am very sorry for the rumors which have been bothering all of us in the past several days. So many of you guys including my media friends have been approaching me for the answers. Today, ShouGang club and I agreed to terminate the contract .
Let me explain to you what was going on .
After the past season, ShouGang club owned my rights. They could choose to put me in a jersey still representing them as a player to play the 2017-18 season or hire me as an assistant coach. When we signed the contract back in 2015, this is the clause in the contract.
I respect the contract with the club, but I was discussing with the club about us changing the situations. First, the team did not decide who would be the head coach, apparently the team is in a rebuilding progress. Coach Min who lead this team to 3 Champions might not be the head coach anymore which makes it hard for me to accept the offer of becoming an assistant coach .
Second , we did not make the playoffs in the past season, as a player who always want to win and work hard to prepare myself for winning, it’s very hard to accept the way the season ended. Though I am 40 years already, I still work very hard to keep my body right, I can still play at a very high level, I am sure all the fans could tell from last season I'm still capable of playing. I was still able to lead the team to compete, even with an injured leg. I pulled my hamstring at the beginning of the season and I still played and put everything on the court because that’s who I am. I want to play , I love to compete , I pursuit winning all the time, l love basketball because it’s my life, I still have a lot in the tank that make me really want to play for another year. I want to dedicate this last year of my career in the best way possible on the court for the CBA, then I'll retire and work as a coach to help the basketball here for the rest of my life.
My team and I have been discussing this matter with the club for a certain amount of time so that a veteran’s last wish can be blessed. That’s why we offered the club options including to cut 20% of my salary so that I could work as a player coach in the coming season. I want to leave all my game here in Beijing for this club.
As a 20 year veteran, I understand this is a professional game, that’s why I fully respect the club’s situation and decision. I believe the new GM of the team Ms. QinXiaoWen will have a great plan for the future of this club. We all know, time flies and things change, to me it’s hard to take the decision of ShouGang’s club by not putting me in their jersey because I love this team , this city and I cherish all of the past we've been through together. I embrace their decision . At the same time, I am very grateful toward the club for their blessing to a veteran’s final wish . This afternoon we received the agreement letter from the team to terminate the contract we have for the coming season. I appreciate them allowing me to keep competing and winning in this great league the CBA. I have not decided which team yet But there is one thing I'm 100% sure of no matter the team I play for the love between me and the club is always there, we will keep working with each other in the future.
No matter where I am, I am a beijinger. Beijing is my home forever. Thank you all for the understanding.
At this point of time, I want to thank all of. my teammates of ShouGang for the great time we had together. I want to thank Coach Min for helping me grow into a better leader. I want to thank Vice GM of ShouGang Mr YuanChao and Chairman Liang of ShouGang Group for giving me a contract at the very beginning. I want to thank the Mayor of the city Mr Zhang Jian Dong for giving me green card of this country. My heart and soul will always be with you.
Of course the fans of Beijing who gave me my second life, thank you so much as always. Love is Love
Stephon X. Marbury
LOVE is LOVE