While Jeremy Lin has become an NBA sensation, Knicks reject Stephon Marbury has been tearing it up on the other side of the world, dominating the Chinese league and developing his own cult following.
"Linsanity" is competing with "Marbury madness" in China after the Brooklyn native led the Beijing Ducks to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championship semi-finals in style.
On Sunday, Beijing beat Zhejiang 105-91 to win the best-of-five quarter-final 3-0, propelled by a 14-point third quarter from Marbury including a thunderous dunk, drives to the rim and a pair of laser-guided three-pointers.
For some, the heroics have even eclipsed those of Lin, a fellow point guard who has captivated audiences in China and his parents' homeland Taiwan with his fairytale emergence from bit-player to superstar at the Knicks.
"I've been watching what [Jeremy] Lin Shuhao is doing in the NBA, but Marbury is my hero," one supporter, Meng Zhaoping, told AFP.
"The main reason a lot of people ...