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Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

Posted on: November 27, 2008 9:31 am

Something else to be thankful for: The Knicks and Stephon Marbury finally are headed for a divorce.

After first reported Wednesday night that Marbury refused to play for the second time in six days, the stalemate between Marbury and coach Mike D'Antoni has reached its inevitable conclusion.

At D'Antoni's urging, Knicks president Donnie Walsh is exploring options that would finally remove Marbury from the locker room and roster, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. These include sending him home until a buyout or trade can be arranged, waiving him, or suspending him without pay for refusing to play.

D'Antoni, who has banished Marbury to the bench and told the $22 million point guard he's not in the plans, approached Marbury about playing Friday night in Milwaukee when the Knicks were shorthanded after trading Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins to the Clippers and Jamal Crawford to Golden State. He approached Marbury again on Wednesday, when the Knicks had only two healthy guards available (besides Marbury) when they faced the Pistons in Detroit. Marbury again refused, and sat in his customary spot at the end of the bench in street clothes.

It is anticiapted that the D'Antoni-Marbury showdown has reached a point of no return and will be resolved by the end of the weekend. The Knicks host the Warriors Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.

"In so many words," a person familiar with the situation said, "he needs to be sent home."

But Walsh has been in no hurry to expedite Marbury's ouster, wanting to preserve whatever minuscule trade value he had left, and has moved deliberately throughout the process. There could be some legal wrangling between Walsh and Marbury's only representative, NBA Players Association attorney Hal Biagas, to determine whether Marbury's recent encounters with D'Antoni about playing time constitute a contract violation. Garden chairman James Dolan has balked at paying Marbury his entire $21.9 million salary in a buyout, and Marbury has vowed publicly not to take a penny less -- even if he could make that money up by signing with another team.

Teams that have at one time or another expressed interest in Marbury include Golden State, Miami, and Dallas. As of their last meeting, Walsh and Biagas had not reached the phase of seeking a new team for Marbury, which would facilitate his departure.

If you think Marbury has any standing in the locker room or have any doubt about where his teammates stand, read these quotes from Quentin Richardson in Thursday's print edition of Newsday:

"He hasn't played with us all year. He doesn't want to play with us. He's expressed that a second time, so whatever. I don't look at him as a teammate, because teammates don't do that. Regardless of what you have going on with the organization or what you have going on with your coach or whatever, you're not going to allow your teammates to be left out there the way they were left out there. ... Regardless of how you're trying to stick it to whoever. At the end of the day, we're getting left out there and we're shorthanded. People are hurt, and people are still playing.

"Right now," Richardson said, "he's the furthest thing from my mind. ... He's not trying to be part of this team and he's voiced that. So why would I waste my time thinking about it?"

Category: NBA

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2008 11:19 am

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

22 million dollars for sitting on your ass? Everyone would like that job... Marbury's agent is the smartest guy everrrr! Marbury should be fired.. Can the NBA do anything about this? He needs to do his JOB!

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2008 10:53 am

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

Im shocked at how many people defend this loser.  This guy has been payed millions and millions of dollars and hasnt done sh## to help any of the teams he has played for.  When offered a buyout at the biggining of the year he said he wants every penny.  I guess in his mind he is worth 22 million this year for everything he has done for this and all other franchises he has played for.  I hope the Knicks dont release him.  Lets face it im a knicks fan but they arent going to be very good this year.  With that in mind I want the Knicks to do whatever they can to make Marburys life absolutey miserable.  Run him at practice all day.  Force him to play garbage minutes.  Drag this out all season.  The guy is clearly an A##hole.  If he really wanted to play basketball he would have accepted a buyout and recouped the difference in a new contract from a different team.  He is just a sore loser and I stress the word LOSER!

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2008 4:41 am

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

I agree with Marbury he came to pre-season ready to play with no problems. The Knicks decieded to DNP him for what reason I do not know. Now the Knicks need him they trying to suck up to him.I wouldn't play either.

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 28, 2008 2:01 am

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

In case some of you people arent aware... EMPLOYERS dont have absolute power to abuse, mistreat their employees and get away with it.. This is the freaking U.S.   Not russia or some 2 bit country...

Abuse this employee? They are paying him 22 million dollars to do nothing. That is not abuse and if you think it is then you really need a reality check man. He is under contract to play when they ask him to case closed. They are not asking this guy to strip naked in front of MSG. The are not asking him to bend over and slap his ass with paddles. They are asking him to play basketball (Which is what he has a contract for) when they need him to. If he doesn't like it then he has every right to not play but he is breaching his contract and can and should be suspended without pay. Why should they pay him for refusing to play?

Now I don't think the Knicks handled this situation well at all but they have every right to ask him to play anytime they want while he is under contract for them. To say he can sue the Knicks for not playing him because it is mistreating and abusing him is just ludicrous. And for everyone that is saying if it were me or you we wouldn't take this in our real life jobs, you need to get a clue. If I went to work and my employeer said we will still pay you but you are not welcome in the office then after 2 weeks said we need you to work a day you wouldn't be able to say too bad I got plans. Then if you didn't go in you would be fired and rightfully so.

Since: Jan 28, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2008 10:21 pm

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

Seriously??? Why don't you add one more playoff wins:

Nash - 48, 9 series won, oh and two MVP awards by the way...closest marbury will ever get to that is his MVP card from Modell's, just like mine

AI - 30, 6 series won, and oh MVP award

Please bury the "star" - 4, never advanced past first round, always happy to sit on the bench with a sore toenail, while nash and iverson play hurt and do whatever it let's factor in that all of his stats come at 100% health while the other two have played through all sorts of punishment, Nash having played over 100 more games than Marbury over the same career, and Iverson with a 20 game lead on him (all in the same draft).

Props to for the stats, they have a formula to calculate HOF probability for each player. Iverson is a lock - 100%, Nash, just about there @ 99.7%....our fearful leader, NY playground hoops icon starbury?? 24.3%...the guy drafted after marbury in 96? ray allen, 87.5%.

We could go on and on...if you are going to make comparisons, at least put the slightest amount of thought into it 1st

Since: Nov 6, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2008 6:17 pm

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

I REALLY hope Marbury is gone. He is not need in New York or the U.S.      SEND HIM TO CHINA OR SOMETHING!    Also, when did we pick him up, was it 03' or 04'?? Maybe later... I'm not rly sure.

Since: Jan 27, 2008
Posted on: November 27, 2008 5:57 pm

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

It takes a long time to happen, but at last it appears that a fantastically talented spoiled brat has about as much real value to his team as he has fantasy value. I hope you're reading this story, A.I.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2008 5:27 pm

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

To bad we probably know about 5% of what has really happened here. Mike knew that Steph. was not going to fit in long ago. If a coach sees a player not even trying to buy into his scheme, he has the right to bench him and tell him that he doesn't deserve to play. Big deal, its not like the coach was discriminating, or just didn't like him for no reason. Mike can use any player that is willing, hes proven that over the years. If the player isn't willing, then he doesn't deserve a 22 million dollar buyout just to get you off the team. Doesn't make sense here. If he continues to not play, then the league should take action to get his contract voided. Like Q said, Steph told the team before the season even started that he didn't wan't to be on the team or play with the team.......that right there is enough.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2008 5:16 pm

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

One problem here, you can't compare Steve Nash's numbers to Marbury's. Well, you can but they don't in any way show their ability and what they can contribute to a team currently. Marbury had his best years early and Nash is having his best years late. I do agree that Marbury has been more then just a contributer over his career, but not any more. The second I saw NY sign him I knew that he was over. They were in a rut of overpaying vets on the downward swing of their career, just ask Penny Hardaway.

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: November 27, 2008 4:55 pm

Finally, Marbury and Knicks ready for divorce

Looking for ways to dump Marbury, huh?  How about in the dumpster out back, I am sick and tired of hearing about the Knicks and Marbury not getting along, it's like a couple of teenage girls goin' at it.  Seriously get rid of him, he isn't a team player, he isn't really anything.

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