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Former NBA star Marbury applying for Chinese green card

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-04-18 14:56

Former NBA star Marbury applying for Chinese green card

Stephon Marbury attends the Beijing International Film Festival April 16, 2015. [Photo/IC]

BEIJING - China Basketball Association (CBA) championships winning player Stephon Marbury from the Beijing Ducks has applied for a Chinese "green card", or permanent residence permit.

"I'm applying for a Chinese 'green card'," the former NBA star wrote Friday in his Twitter-like Weibo account.

China started to grant permanent residence permits to foreigners in 2004. Since then, about 5,000 foreigners have received permits.

Marbury, who left a 20 million US-dollar NBA contract behind six years ago to play basketball in Beijing, is now a settled superstar in China. He led Beijing to their third third and second straight Chinese basketball league title last month and was voted the CBA finals MVP.

The 38-year-old American is so popular in his adopted hometown that he was named honorary citizen of Beijing. Outside Beijing's home court Wukesong Stadium stands a Marbury statute built by his fans.

Once a lone wolf in NBA, Marbury is nicknamed by Beijing teammates as "political commissar", a Chinese military position whose work includes education, discipline inspection and uniting officers and soldiers.

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