Stephon Marbury Refuses To Do Interviews Unless He Gets The Cover Of Sports IllustratedS

There are tons of lovable little nuggets in this SI.com piece on Marbury and how the mercurial outcast has somehow become the most beloved foreign player in Chinese basketball history. But our absolute favorite—that he turned down multiple interview requests unless he would be SI's cover boy—is vintage Marbury: deluded, guarded, still hungry for fame.

Marbury's Beijing Ducks kicked off the CBA Finals with a win last night, but it was not without incident. Marbury took a hard foul, but just smiled and walked away as a hulking Chinese meathead repeatedly told him "fuck you," in perfect English.