Hong Kong has roped in ex-NBA player Stephon Marbury to be the face of its drive to attract foreign talent to come to the city and make it home. The government unveiled a new video on Wednesday in which Marbury talks about what makes the territory great, such as its food and multicultural lifestyle. The video will be aired on TV, and is already doing the rounds on social media.

Speaking about his involvement in the campaign, Marbury said on Instagram, “Thank you, Hong Kong, for putting me in the forefront to help more people globally know about HK. Hong Kong, being the financial sector for the world along with its rich culture and amazing food, positions Hong Kong as a place to visit and live.”

New York-born Marbury, who goes by the nickname Starbury, is a two-time NBA All-Star and two-time member of the All-NBA Team. He played in the NBA from 1996 until 2009 as a member of high-profile teams like the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics. Marbury continued his career in the Chinese Basketball Association, playing for the Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons, Foshan Dralions, Beijing Ducks, and Beijing Fly Dragons before retiring in 2018. He was the coach of the Beijing Royal Fighters until 2023.

Header image credits: Stephon Marbury via Instagram

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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