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Marbury to Greece?

Posted on: January 22, 2009 10:28 am
 

A few weeks ago, Stephon Marbury predicted people would be shocked to learn the team he'd be joining once the Knicks cut him loose this season. For once, something other than B.S. may have passed through Marbury's lips.

With Josh Childress out following sports hernia surgery, Greek power Olympiacos is in the market for a marginal NBA player to boost its chances in the Top 16 phase of Euroleague play, which begins Jan. 29. Marbury could be that player.

Before he can sign with any team -- Greek or otherwise -- Marbury will need a big fat Greek buyout from the Knicks. There has been "no movement" on that front, a person directly involved in the discussions told CBSSports.com.

Marbury is reported to have put his offer of a $1 million giveback on his $20.8 million contract for this season back on the table. The Knicks are believed to be pushing to pay Marbury $3 million-$5 million less. Perhaps interest from across the ocean could be the impetus for Marbury to budge -- especially considering the kind of cash Olympiacos could be offering. Like Childress, who signed a three-year, $20 million deal, Marbury would be able to make more after taxes in Greece than the $1.2 million veteran's minimum he'd commmand as an NBA free agent.

The move actually would be good for Marbury. Rather than immerse himself in a playoff race after not playing a single regular season minute in 12 months, Marbury could get his mind and game back in relative anonymity. He's previously expressed a strong desire to play overseas once his NBA playing days were over.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 6:48 pm
 

Marbury to Greece?

The NFLE was unique in that American football has a large viewership in Europe and there was no League already in place.  There are several basketball leagues already in existance in Europe.  The NBA would have to compete in a market that already has the product in place.  In order for this to be profitable the NBA would have to make their product more interesting.  The bottom line is the quality of player in the NBADL is almost equivilent to what the European leagues already have talent wise.  In order for the NBA to truly be competitive they would need to have an NBA team (or teams) in Europe.  That would create a ligistical nightmare and may not be as profitable in the long run to be sustainable.




Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 3:11 pm
 

Marbury to Greece?

I hope that Stephon Marbury gets shipped off to Greece just so that this story can come to an end.  Both Marbury and the Knicks have strung this out far too long and my ears just cannot take any more of it.




Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2009 2:34 pm
 

Marbury to the Moon

That's the headline I'd like to see.

Or maybe "Marbuy to the bottom of the Ocean" or something of that ilk.  But I'll settle for Greece - as long as he ends up washing dishes in a Gyro stand!



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Since: Jan 21, 2009
Posted on: January 22, 2009 2:21 pm
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Since: Dec 22, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 1:53 pm
 

Marbury to Greece?

Starbury is a bum, plain & simple. An average player who cant get along with his teammates and his all about himself. Oh, and for you who think Josh Childress is  such a great ambassador, you do realize there's over 25 former NBA players overseas besides him. He will be back in the NBA next year. He doesnt like the greek style of play, the small gyms they play in, or the enormous amount of presssure put on him just to play for Olympiakos. He has an opt out in his contract, and he will be signed to an NBA team for next season.




Since: Jul 24, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 1:11 pm
 

Marbury to Greece?

Same here buddy.  Guys like this have destroyed this game that I used to love so much.




Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 1:04 pm
 

Marbury to Greece?

Marbury a "marginal player" I like that statement.   Good riddance if this could be done, take Isiah w/ you too!  BTW- You always hear Marbury saying "I'm trying to better myself this year blah blah".   With all this free time, I'm surprised to see him not go back to college and get his degree!  I think this makes total sense for his post-NBA career.  your thoughts?




Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 1:04 pm
 

Marbury to Greece?

I couldn't agree with you more.




Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 1:02 pm
 

I would rather it didn't happen....

Yeah it would be nice to get this guy out of NY but in NO WAY do I want this guy to represent the U.S. on the international scene.  Josh Childress is a great ambassador and I personally like the idea of some 7-12 roster spot guys moving into a star roles in overseas competition, but Marbury is a cancer wherever he goes.

Has the NBA ever considered attempting to do what NFLE did?  I could see basketball working much better in that respect.  Throw the NBA's marketing machine at international markets and maybe even include some of the teams in NBA play.  I suppose it would be hard considering the travel, but east coast teams playing in Europe and West Coast in Asia.   Just a thought.....

 




Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2009 1:01 pm
 

Marbury to Greece?

I don't care where he goes, he lost a step before he sat out, I'm just tired of hearing about him.



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