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Stephon Marbury to serve jail time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Aug. 30 (UPI) -- Phoenix Suns guard Stephon Marbury will serve 10 days in jail and sit out the season opener after pleading no contest to a DUI charge Friday.

Marbury entered the plea in Scottsdale Municipal Court with attorney Larry Kazan, according to the Arizona Republic. In addition to the jail sentence, he also must attend alcohol education classes, the newspaper said.

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On Feb. 8, Marbury was arrested by Scottsdale police after being stopped for speeding and found to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.153, nearly twice the legal limit.

After being booked and released, the New York native quickly issued an apology for his behavior.

As a rule, the NBA suspends players who plead guilty or admit guilt in court proceedings. Following Marbury's plea, the league announced he would be suspended for the opening game of the 2002-03 season.

Marbury, 25, averaged 20.4 points and 8.1 assists last seson, his sixth in the NBA and first in Phoenix. He was acquired from New Jersey for Jason Kidd in a swap of point guards that worked out much better for the Nets, who reached the NBA Finals while the Suns missed the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.

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