Stephon Marbury was the first NBA player that fully embraced playing in China; for him, it wasn't just a quick buck. That, combined with his flashy style, earned him god-like status in the largest country on earth. He is using his popularity in China to help his hometown New York, but it's not clear if New York wants 10 million masks at cost price.
Marbury reached out to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and informed him he made arrangements with a mask supplier in China willing to sell New York 10 million masks "at cost" for $2.75 each. The city's been getting offers for $7.50 - the deal would help the city save $50 million. That's the power Starbury has in China.
“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn. This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York. I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of family … who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks during this time.”
Stephon Marbury, via NY Post
But, there's been a communication glitch between Adams and Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio's staff. Adams said that the feedback he got was that the city does not need more masks, while hospitals are saying they are low on masks. Then state officials said they knew nothing of the deal and would like to talk to Stephon about this possibility. We hope this was just a misunderstanding, and the masks will arrive in NYC shortly.
This wouldn't be the first time Marbury took care of the working man, so to speak. His first signature shoe, "Starbury One," retailed for $14.98 back in 2006. He could've priced it a lot higher and make significantly more money, but Marbury wanted to make sure every kid from New York and around the world had a chance to wear "NBA quality" shoes. Stephon Marbury, a man of the people.