In the spirit of giving back during the virus pandemic one NBA legend has made a enormous donation in the form of deal to sell 10 million face masks to New Yorkers at a little over $2 a price.
According to a report in the New York Post former point guard, Stephon Marbury, has arranged a deal that will sell 10 million face masks to New Yorkers for $2.75 each from a mask supplier in China which is roughly a third of the $7.50 price with other other retailers. Since China’s coronavirus pandemic has steadily decreased so has the need for masks as the country is on the other side of its peak.
The former New York Knicks player is now a coach for the Chinese Basketball Association’s Royal Fighters but still has family in Coney Island, Brooklyn, where he grew up.
“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn,” Marbury told the New York Post in a phone call from his Beijing home. “This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York.”
Marbury got the idea after learning about New York’s low supply of masks and the extremely high price being paid for them along with the state’s lack of protective gear. He then reach out to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who has backed Marbury’s local charities in the past, to let him know he wants to assist in getting the masks for the state.
The connection that Marbury has in China has more N95s than that country presently needs, according to Brooklyn Borough Hall. The gear would be delivered 2 million at a time over five weeks.
Marbury, who was picked fourth overall in the 1996 NBA draft, played for 13 seasons with the New York Knicks, New Jersey (Now, Brooklyn) Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, and Boston Celtics before moving to China in 2009 and winning three Chinese Basketball Association titles with the Beijing Ducks.