In this picture taken Friday March 30, 2012 show former NBA star player Stephon Marbury celebrates with his team members after leading the Beijing Ducks winning the basketball club's first ever CBA championship in Beijing. Marbury scored 41 points as the host team knocked off seven-title holder Guangdong Tigers by 124-121 to win the fourth victory in the final series. (AP Photo)

(CBS News) – Basketball in China looks like basketball in America – particularly if you look at some of the players.

Stephon Marbury – a former New York Knick – remains very popular six years after first coming to China, where his fans in Beijing carry giant paper cutouts of his face in the stands.

“Marbury brings glory to this town,” one of his fans, Yang Zhong said. “He brought us two championships.”

His fans chant: “ma buh li” – his name with a Chinese twist. In the locker room he said that’s familiar now.

“I’ve been here for over six years,” Marbury said. “You know, it’s normal to me now.”


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