ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images
Photo: ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images

After resurrecting his pro basketball career in China over the past decade, longtime NBA point guard Stephon Marbury emerged as a legend in the Far East.

Now retired, he’s ready for the next chapter of his life: as a head coach.

The Chinese Basketball Association’s Beijing Royal Fighters have handed the coaching reins to Marbury, it was announced a few days ago. The Royal Fighters went 8-38 last season. Marbury, now 42, received a three-year coaching contract, according to published reports.

Former NBA guard Rod Strickland, a New York City native like Marbury, is excited about Marbury’s new opportunity.

“I’ve had the opportunity to have good basketball conversation with him,” Strickland tweeted. “He will be great. I love when former NBA players get an opportunity to be head coaches. So much knowledge and and experience to offer.”