Tag Archives: Stephon Marbury

Good Riddance To Allen Iverson!

25 Nov

So “The Answer” is retiring and I have yet to figure out what the question was. 

Maybe it was “what self-serving player is going out exactly as he deserves, unwanted?”  Or “What supremely talented player never won anything in the NBA?”

Then there’s “what knucklehead couldn’t be bothered to see that actually practicing helps the whole team included himself?”.   Maybe it’s “who’s blowing a chance to redefine his career by refusing to accept that he might win a title by accepting a lesser role now that he’s 107 years old?”

But ultimately, if I had to put big money on it, I think the question is “who is too much of a pain in the ass to be worth it anymore?”

Ahhh. Yes.  That easily could be Allen Iverson.

Iverson is not exactly Stephon Marbury, but he’s learning a similar tough lesson.  In life or at least in NBA life, people will put up with you if you’re a difficult personality so long as you’ve got the talent that makes it worth dealing with your baggage.

When the lowly Grizzlies and desperate Knicks decide that Allen Iverson is no longer worth it, that’s the answer  that only A.I. can answer for.

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Are Eight Points Worth The End Of A Dynasty?

28 Feb

Stephon Marbury scored eight points last night off the bench in his first game for the reigning NBA champion Boston Celtics.  In 13 minutes, Marbury rang up 8 points that included six points during a 9-0.  Sounds good and Marbury said all the right things about just wanting to win after the game.

Then, you find out that Marbury was a minus seven for the game.  Following in hockey’s footsteps, basketball is now placing increased importance on plus/minus averages.  We could debate all night how valuable plus/minus truly is.

In this case, I think the plus/minus says it all. 

Marbury will score some points for the C’s, but in the end the negative will outweigh the good.  That’s the way it’s been for all the pro teams he’s played for so why would it change now?

Boston is going to find out the hard way that a dynasty can easily end before it ever really gets started.

Why Stephon Marbury Is Right!

29 Nov

In many ways I’m sure that Stephon Marbury is the poster boy for the modern spoiled athlete.  One need only look at his paltry record of achievement in the NBA to realize that Marbury is at best over-rated or at worst a me first talent who has parlayed his immense skills into very little actual winning in the NBA.

Sure, there was the whole $15 sneaker campaign.  And for that, Marbury is to be complemented.  If you’re the Knicks, Marbury’s charitable impulse is probably counter-balanced however by things like his damaging testimony in the Isiah Thomas sexual harassment trial and the public revelation of Marbury hooking up with Knicks’ cheerleaders in parked cars not to mention those pesky lack of wins since Starbury has come home to New York.

So, all in all, I can completely see why the Knicks would want to get rid of him.  In fact, I (as a Knicks’ fan) never wanted him here in the first place.  I was not alone in this sentiment.  I felt Steph was a loser and many agreed.

Where I’m more alone, is with my current opinion on the latest Knick-Marbury tussle.  The Knicks have suspended Marbury for refusing to suit up recently.  If that’s all there was to the story, I’d surely be on the Knicks’s side as most fans are.

The reality, however, is that the Knicks and their new coach Mike D’Antoni mishandled Steph from square one.  When D’Antoni was hired most people figured it was the beginning of the end for Marbury in NY.  D’Antoni had gotten Marbury traded out of Phoenix after all, so it seemed a no brainer that if D’Antoni didn’t wanted to coach Marbury as a Sun that he sure wouldn’t want to coach him as a Knickerbocker.

Then, something surprising happened.  D’Antoni started out his Knick tenure saying Marbury would have a chance to be part of the team.  From all accounts, Marbury tried hard during the pre-season to fit into D’Antoni’s schemes.  At one point, when new starting point guard Chris Duhon was struggling, there was even talk around town that Steph might re-claim his starting job.  See! New York can be a naive place sometimes too.

About three games into the season, Marbury hadn’t seen a minute of playing time when Coach D’Antoni announced that Steph would no longer be a part of the team.  Donnie Walsh who is D’Antoni’s boss seemed caught off guard by his coach’s proclamation.  And so started the most recent Marbury controversy.

Whether Walsh was on board or not, Stephon Marbury was told he isn’t part of the team either now or in its future.  Yes!  He was able to keep his huge salary and for that he should certainly be (yet I’m sure he’s not) appreciative.  So, Stephon became an outcast.  That lasted until the Knicks got short handed and then they allegedly asked him to dress for a game.  According to the Knicks, Marbury refused and what with him still drawing a paycheck from the organization and all, the Knicks saw fit to suspend him.

Stephon Marbury might be spoiled.  He might be a jerk.  But, he’s not wrong in this situation.

It’s the Knicks who set up a really bad situation for Marbury and their team.  Now, they’re stuck with it.  They’ve offended Mr. Marbury and now when they need him he won’t play for them.

I know it looks bad for Stephon, but what would you do if you made tens of millions of dollars a year, knew that others would be happy/foolish enough to pay you similar amounts of money and had the ego to go with it?  Would you have put on a Knicks’ jersey?  Or would you have felt mistreated and told your bosses to take a hike.

As fans, we always want pro athletes to be sainted figures only in pursuit of wins and championships.  The reality is they are real people like you and me only more spoiled in most cases.  If I was Stephon Marbury and had been lied to about my chances in the D’Antoni regime, I too would be in little hurry to run back to the Knicks when they got desperate enough to ask me back temporarily.

If I were Stephon Marbury I would feel like the Knicks played me like a fool.  I would feel cheated out of a chance to compete for my spot on the team.  And, yes, I too would have told them I wasn’t up to playing 30 minutes after being banished all season for no longer fitting in.

If I were Stephon Marbury I would not understand how the Knicks wouldn’t have tried to increase my trade value by actually playing me until someone pointed out that all I was really worth to the Knicks was the massive cap room my expiring contract would soon give them.  Basically, I would realize the Knicks from the beginning were ready to flush away a year of my professional career so that they could get maximum cap relief.

Once that realization sunk in, I’d realize that I had some leverage.  And I’d refuse to play too.

My guess is that if many of you were treated similarly by your places of work and had the ability to hit back at your organization without jeopardizing your massive check that you’d go for it.  After all, you’re only human.

Just like athletes.

Quick Hits on NBA Coaching Hires

10 May

Mike D’Antonini to the Knicks – If you’ve been reading this space, then you know how I feel about this one.  Cheesy mustache aside, you’ve got to be impressed by his record in Phoenix.  The regular season.  Never has figured out that defense wins come crunch time.  Worth mentioning too that his teams were stocked in Phoenix.  Welcome to New York, Mr. D’Antonini.  I think you’ll find the cupboard is a bit more bare in the big apple.  Good luck with Marbury, Curry and the rest of the Knicks group of professional losers.  Figure D’Antonini won’t last through the end of his contract & I don’t even know how long that is!  Knicks coaches never do and he’s NOT the the right fit for this job.

Rick Carlisle to the Mavericks – Was pretty impressed with Carlisle in Detroit and thought he was done wrong when they dumped him for NBA vagabond Larry Brown.  Less impressed with his tenure in Indiana on the whole.  I’m no longer sure this guy is a really good coach.  Guess Mavericks gig will seal the verdict on him.  I’m guessing he’ll be found guilty of not being a great one.  Think this is another bad coaching hire.

 As the merry go round continues to spin, guess the question now is who’ll get the Chicago & Phoenix gigs.  Whoever they are, they got to be better matches than the Knicks and Mavericks have found.

Or I could be completely wrong…