I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get this feud between Stephon Marbury and the New York Knicks. When Mike DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Antoni became the Knicks head coach, Marbury was removed from the rotation. No small wonder, since Starbury plays like a cancerous leech whose only priority are individual stats.
It was Chris Duhon, formerly from the Chicago Bulls, who won the starting point guard duties. Knicks management said Marbury would not be traded, released, or waivedÃ¢â‚¬â€most likely because of his eye-popping $21-million salary this year.
The Knicks management said Marbury isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t part of the team. DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Antoni said Marbury is not part of his plans. Obviously, the front office and the coach donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want Starbury in the Knicks. When the lineup became terribly depleted, DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Antoni suddenly gives Marbury the option to play.
Naturally, Marbury didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want to play because he can see the obvious (i.e. that the Knicks and the coach donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t want him in the team), and that he was merely given the option to play. Since Marbury isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t part of the KnicksÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ plans, why is this entire hullabaloo MarburyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fault?
This doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t change the fact that Marbury is a world-class ass, but given the situation, I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think we can fully blame Starbury. If DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Antoni ordered Marbury to play, it would have been a different story. For $21 million, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d clean DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢AntoniÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s toilets even while itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s being usedÃ¢â‚¬â€if he orders me to.
However, even if I feel that Marbury isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t completely guilty, I believe this is the end of his NBA career. No coach or team would be nutters enough to get him after this fiasco (*cough Isaiah Rider cough*).
Starbury shouldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve shut his trap (which he initially did), then performed like an all-star when DÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Antoni gave him the option to play. If that scenario played out, Starbury might have been able to shed his pariah reputation and gain the chance to play in other NBA teams.