Tag:Stephon Marbury
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:43 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 6:58 pm

Stephon Marbury: Michael Jordan is a 'sellout'

Posted by Ben Golliver


I know, I know, Stephon Marbury has a giant tattoo on his head and wasn't coherent for about three years there so you want to tune out everything that comes from his mouth. Totally understandable. 

When it comes to this NBA lockout stuff, though, Marbury has been surprisingly on point. All the way back in January, for example, the former NBA All-Star now playing in China was one of the first to publicly predict that the NBA players would "cave." 10 months later, the National Basketball Players Association has reportedly offered billions of dollars worth of concessions without obtaining a single improvement to the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

On Tuesday, Marbury took to Twitter to address another lockout hot topic: NBA legend and current Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan's role as a hard-liner in these negotiations.

Marbury, as per usual, minced no words.
Micheal Fake Jordan is a sell out. #Period. He forgot which hole he came out of. I said it "Stephon X Marbury"... MJ went from MJ the black cat to a guy who forgot he was a player. Sell your team if you can't make a profit.. Your just a regular dude now! ... When he rapped the Bulls for 36 million for one year no ones said nothing about that... 

He's just a man. I know he's some people's GOd but real is real. Dude forgot he played and demanded millions... he wasn't my idol I just loved his game. He never did nothing that I knew about to change the life off of the court other then hit cats over the head for a 100 150 dollar sneakers and still doing it. Jim Brown said it best. Micky mouse type cat. Wave and break you pocket for as long as he can.

he didn't create nothing. The game was played way before him... 
Marbury hits on similar criticisms leveled at Jordan by current NBA players recently. The main charge is hypocrisy, because Jordan was one a strong advocate for players' rights as a player. But Marbury goes further than Washington Wizards guard Nick Young, Indiana Pacers wing Paul George, and Golden State Warriors forward Klay Thompson went in their criticism. Marbury questions Jordan's loyalty to his race, attempts to undercut his importance to basketball as a whole, and slams Jordan for charging so much money for his signature sneakers.

In one breath, Marbury accuses Jordan of being a selfish hypocrite working against his race's best interests while receiving too much credit for his contributions to his sport. That's not just "keeping it 100," that's more like keeping it approximately 284. He went in so far he's tweeting from a bathtub filled with magma.

Marbury is the rare former NBA player with nothing to lose by launching such an attack on the Greatest Of All Time. That's because he does't have much left. His credibility is in tatters, he's been cast out from the NBA, he's plying his trade half a world away and he is reportedly in millions of dollars worth of debt over his own failed sneaker company. 

Taking a moment to let them sink in, these comments leave you shaking your head. That's essentially unavoidable when a man who once devoured vaseline and live-streamed himself getting into a car crash decides to take up major social consciousness issues. But Marbury's attack here, more than anything, makes you wonder how many others agree with his thinking but are too tied into the NBA's system, or too easily influenced by Jordan's legendary power and influence, to speak up?

Is this another chapter in the ravings of a mad man, or a rare peak behind the curtain at a colleague's resentment -- perhaps silently shared by others -- of the most successful professional basketball player ever's actions and approach.
Posted on: September 6, 2011 2:24 pm
Edited on: September 7, 2011 12:09 pm

NBA Lockout Indiscretion Power Rankings

Posted by Ben Golliver


With Labor Day in the rearview and another collective bargaining agreement negotiating session on the slate for Wednesday, the NBA has turned a corner. The long, hot lockout summer is kaput.

Thanks to a relatively weak 2011 NBA Draft and without Summer League or a free agency signing period, this summer was mundane compared to the average NBA summer and a major letdown from the hysterical Summer of 2010. Without player movement and roster restructuring to dominate the headlines, our collective attention turned to empty and half-hearted labor rhetoric, planking, tattoos, sponsor trips to Asia, and street ball games.

And one other thing: player indiscretions, both on and off the court. For years, player conduct has been a hot button issue for the league. With that in mind, we present the authors of the top-10 indiscretions of the 2011 NBA lockout.


10. Derek Anderson: Alleged financier of major cocaine operation

The temptation was to leave Anderson, a former guard for a number of NBA teams, including the 2006 NBA Champion Miami Heat, off of this list because of the sketchy nature of his accuser. Ultimately, the scope of the charges leveled against him simply cannot be ignored. In August, convicted killer Francois Cunningham alleged that Anderson bankrolled a major cocaine operation in Louisville, KY. Anderson maintained his innocence, through an attorney, and police have not yet charged him with a crime. Coincidentally, Anderson says on his website that he has a television series in production that is set in Georgia and based off of “The Wire.” Hopefully Anderson won’t be the next Snoop.

9. Latrell Sprewell: Millions owed in back taxes

Sure, failing to pay your taxes is kind of a boring transgression. Either the IRS or the state department of revenue is the aggrieved party and it’s hard for the average person to feel much sympathy for them. The best way to spice it up, though, is to owe so much that you actually lead your state in delinquency. That doesn’t happen every day, but former NBA guard Latrell Sprewell, best known for choking Golden State Warriors coach P.J. Carlesimo and for saying that he needed to ”feed his family” when he turned down a $20 million + contract offer from the Minnesota Timberwolves, finds himself in that exact situation. The state of Wisconsin published a top-100 list of delinquent taxpayers and Sprewell, a Wisconsin native who also played for the Milwaukee Bucks, holds the very top spot, owing the state more than $3 million.

8. Stephon Marbury: Millions owed to bank over failed sneaker company

I know what you’re thinking: the only thing more boring than owing millions in state taxes is owing millions to a bank. Fair point. That would apply in most cases, but former NBA guard Stephon Marbury is, quite obviously, not most cases. The man who got a tattoo on the side of his head and once ate Vaseline on a live internet stream famously launched an eponymous line of discount sneakers back in 2006. His main retail partner went under, the sneakers drew complaints about quality after some initial positive buzz and now Marbury, currently playing professionally in China, is staring at a $16 million loan that needs to be paid back. Anyone know the specifics of Chinese extradition laws?

7. Kendrick Perkins: Arrested after bar brawl in Texas

When this story first broke, it seemed like absolute chaos. When the dust settled it looked far more routine. Perkins, center for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was home in Texas conducting a children’s basketball camp when he decided to go out for a night on the town. That night ended with him behind bars on charges of disorderly conduct and public intoxication after he allegedly attempted to fight the club’s manager. Perkins looks like he is posing for an angry mug shot regardless of what is happening around him so we can assume he was prepared for the incident’s legal aftermath. Through an attorney he has maintained that he is innocent of the charges and that he wasn’t drunk. Still, that was too little, too late, at least by the Thunder’s standards, as the first truly bad headline including the OKC Boy Scouts had been written. Assuming nothing else happens, it will likely be a blip on the radar.

6. Michael Beasley: Marijuana bust and shoving incident with fan

Beasley has the unique honor of being the only active player on this list with multiple indiscretions to his name this summer. The fun began with a relatively routine marijuana bust in July, when Beasley was allegedly caught with marijuana in his car while driving nearly 20 miles over the speed limit. Of course, the circumstances were a bit more serious given that Beasley had previously entered rehab and pledged to his new boss, Minnesota Timberwolves president David Kahn, that he would remain drug-free. Weeks later, Beasley lost his cool during an exhibition game in New York City, shoving a courtside fan in the face after a back-and-forth trash-talking session. The 28 GMs who didn’t bite when the Miami Heat gave him away for nothing last summer all feel vindicated.

5. Zach Randolph: Drug dealer allegedly assaulted at his home

Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph is the highest-profile current player to find himself in a messy situation this summer. That comes as no surprise to those who have watched his career unfold, as sketchy friends, drug allegations, late-night beatings and the like have seemed to follow him at every stop. In the latest installment, an Oregon drug dealer alleges that Randolph “snatched” his marijuana from him and refused to pay, then watched as Randolph’s friends beat him so badly with pool cues that he had to be hospitalized. Any time your police report reads like a game of Clue– “Associates in the living room with a pool cue” – that’s a really bad sign. Will Randoph ever get a clue? Probably not, and it hasn’t cost him yet, as he just signed a super-rich contract extension with the Grizzlies.

4. Darius Miles: Airport gun incident

Miles, a former teammate of Randolph’s on the so-called “Jail Blazers,” was arrested in the most perplexing and depressing of circumstances. Knee injuries robbed Miles of what should have been the second half of his NBA career and, at 29, he hasn’t touched an NBA court since the 2008-2009 season. In early August, Miles was taken into custody after allegedly trying to take a loaded gun through airport security at St. Louis’ Lambert Airport. That sentence prompts so many questions that it is difficult to know where to begin. Why did he need a gun? Was it for personal protection or image? How could he possibly have thought he would make it through security? If you carry a gun with you for long enough, can you forget you have it with you? And, perhaps most importantly: Is the Darius Miles Story doomed to reach an unhappy ending?

3. Jay Vincent: Jailed on fraud charges

Vincent, childhood friend and former teammate of Magic Johnson at Michigan State and with the Los Angeles Lakers, racked up 413 career steals during a nine-year NBA career. In the twenty years since he retired, Vincent has racked up thousands more. A Michigan court sentenced Vincent to more than five years in jail for his role in an online scam that bilked roughly $1 million out of 20,000 people. During the trial proceedings, Vincent was caught in another alleged scam in which he placed ads for a fake basketball team, charging prospective players a fee for a tryout that never materialized. Not even a plea from Johnson himself could save Vincent from doing hard time.

2. Samaki Walker: Arrested for marijuana and illegal steroid possession

The scope of Walker’s alleged crimes isn’t as grave as many of the others on this list, but it’s certainly the most humorous. Was there a better headline anywhere over the last few months than “Samaki Walker eats marijuana during arrest”? I doubt it. Walker, former Dallas Mavericks lottery pick and member of the 2002 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers, was pulled over by police in Arizona and allegedly had 10 grams of marijuana and liquid steroids in his car. His plan to avoid suspicion was simple: make the marijuana disappear from sight by ingesting it. That’s one of those ideas that is either so brilliant it’s stupid or so stupid it’s brilliant. Either way, it didn’t work. At 35, his professional basketball career is winding down, and he claimed he was using the steroids because they were legal in Syria, where he most recently played. Once it’s time to retire, Walker will surely be able to find work playing himself if they ever make a “Dude, where’s my car” sequel.

1. Javaris Crittenton: Charged with murder

This list ends on a terribly tragic note. Crittenton, a former NBA guard best known for his 2009 locker room dispute over a card game with former Washington Wizards teammate Gilbert Arenas that involved guns and saw both players suspended for the season, has been charged with murdering a mother of four in his native Georgia. Police say Crittenton fired at the woman in retaliation for an April robbery in which two men took more than $50,000 worth of jewelry from him at gunpoint outside a barber shop. Crittenton is innocent until proven guilty, but his life will never be the same. And, of course, the life of the victim in the alleged murder, Jullian Jones, has been lost forever.

Dishonorable Mention

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum was allegedly caught parking in a handicapped parking space at a grocery store, despite the presence of many unused, normal parking spots just yards away. The act could have subjected him to a minor fine. This one wasn’t really criminal, but it was criminally immature and insensitive.

Future Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal has found himself in the middle of so many bizarre lawsuits this summer – allegations of wiretapping, hiring hit men, ordering murders, kidnapping, sex tapes, you name it – that it’s impossible to place him on this list.

Missed child support payments are, sadly, a common problem for former professional athletes, but Fab 5 member and former guard for the Toronto Raptors and Denver Nuggets Jimmy King put a twist on the situation, finding himself arrested at church by Michigan police. At church? Is nothing sacred!

Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes punched an opponent during a Bay Area pro-am game and New York Knicks forward Renaldo Balkman headbutted Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez during a FIBA Americas game. Both incidents didn’t quite seem serious enough to crack the top-10.

Posted on: July 31, 2011 1:04 pm

Report: Bank sues Stephon Marbury for $16 million

Posted by Ben Golliverstephon-marbury

The Stephon Marbury Story is a long, winding tale with chapters upon chapters of difficult to believe vignettes and episodes. Remember the time he ate vaseline on a live internet video stream? Remember those times he gave rambling, incoherent interviews about his relationship with God? 

And, of course, remember the time back in 2006 when he launched Starbury sneakers with the goal of making ultra low-cost basketball shoes available to the wider public. That one was an excellent idea, at least morally, but it didn't quite work out. Marbury bounced to play basketball in China and we didn't hear much more about them, especially after Steve & Barry's, Starbury's main retail partner, went bankrupt

Well, Deadspin.com now reports that Marbury now faces financial problems with regard to his apparal company too, as there in an "ongoing case in Montgomery County, Ohio, in which an affiliate of Wachovia/Wells Fargo is suing" Marbury for more than $16 million.
The balance due and owing on the Note, as of September 11, 2010, is the principal balance of $16,063,179.49, together with default interest, late charges, sums advanced for the protection of the Property, attorney's fees, and all other sums due under the Note, the Mortgage, and other applicable loan documents. 

Essentially, Marbury guaranteed a $16-million loan to Starbury, the company. Starbury the company hasn't paid the loan back, so now Starbury the former Knicks point guard has to. The collateral he put up for the loan only covered a small part of the judgment against him.  
Basketball-Reference.com reports that Marbury's career earnings topped $151 million, so he should be totally cool to pay this back without any problem. Um, maybe. Hopefully?

Marbury, 34, still plays professionally in China, for the Foshan Dralions. He was the MVP of the Chinese Basketball Association's All-Star Game in 2010. 

He averaged 19.3 points and 7.6 assists in a 13-year NBA career that included stops with the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and Boston Celtics.
Category: NBA
Posted on: January 18, 2011 5:33 pm

Carmelo predicts NBA lockout 'without a doubt'

Denver Nuggets All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony predicts an NBA lockout is coming "without a doubt." Posted by Ben Golliver. carmelo-anthony

Early Tuesday, we noted a Sports Illustrated report which stated that Miami Heat forward LeBron James (perhaps jokingly) advised Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony to team up with forward Amar'e Stoudemire on the New York Knicks, if Anthony was serious about competing against the Heat.

In a companion piece from Sports Illustrated, Anthony provides some insight into his decision-making progress, noting that "all my family is East -- back home" and stating that he is motivated to sign a contract extension this year because he strongly believes there will be a lockout next season.
Is there going to be a lockout? "Oh, without a doubt," [Anthony] said. "Without a doubt."
So that's another reason to sign the extension now, I said. 
Many NBA players have expressed concern about the possibility of a lockout, but few have made their thoughts on the subject this plain. Only former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, now playing in China, has been this blunt and pessimistic, guaranteeing a few weeks ago that there would be a lockout and predicting that the players will "cave."

What's more, Anthony is the first star to publicly tie his thoughts on a league-wide lockout so directly to his personal contract situation. Anthony's statements align with his long-assumed positions -- he wants to play in New York, re-signing with Denver is not his top priority, and he will agree to an extension this season one way or another -- and, when taken in sum, reveal a very lucid, thoughtful and professional approach to a tough situation.

While the storm of negativity surrounding Anthony and all the trade talks will continue to blow until this situation reaches a resolution, Anthony's approach will almost certainly leave his long-term legacy in much better shape than that of James or Chris Bosh. Anthony comes across both as humane and human, and also authentic and honest. He's delivering tough news gently, rather than with a jackhammer. When we look back in a few years, that will count for something.
Posted on: January 7, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: January 7, 2011 12:21 am

Marbury: NBA players will 'cave' during lockout

Former All-Star Stephon Marbury predicts there will be an NBA lockout next summer. Posted by Ben Golliver. stephon-marbury

In a New York Magazine profile, former All-Star guard Stephon Marbury, who is currently playing professionally in China, predicts that there will be an NBA lockout next summer and that the owners will emerge victorious.
"There's definitely going to be a lockout in the NBA after this season. The owners do not want to pay older players, and the players will cave, because they're only focused on now. The owners, they're looking at this long term, like a fifteen-year business investment."
Nobody listens to Marbury anymore, not since he started getting in car crashes while UStreaming, so his statements aren't nearly as damaging to the players' cause as, say, LeBron James' support of contraction.

But that doesn't mean they should be ignored. In fact, Mabury sounds far more reflective and far less delusional in the profile.
"You know, I know everybody thinks I'm crazy," he confesses out of nowhere. "But I don't mind that. It means I'm doing something different from y'all." He says he doesn't regret his Knicks tenure. "It was an opportunity to play basketball in my hometown. It doesn't bother me what that supposedly did to my image. Image is the reflection you see in the mirror. I stayed true to myself throughout my whole basketball career, so when I look in the mirror, I can see myself."
Somtimes, the most accurate assessments can come from the most unlikely places, and here Marbury's prognostication regarding the upcoming CBA negotiations seems fairly likely to play out as described.

NBA owners absolutely want to reduce their guaranteed contract commitments, especially the massive sums often paid at the end of multi-year contracts to past-their-prime, unproductive players. They have given every reason for us to believe they are willing to fight, and fight hard, for that financial relief. The players, meanwhile, will eventually be faced with a difficult decision: make the required concessions, or risk losing the ability to earn salary entirely during a work stoppage next season.

Marbury's word -- "cave" -- is just a really strong way of suggesting that the players will choose the lesser of two evils, and settle for some concessions to ensure that the paychecks keep rolling. Of all the possible ways for the negotiations to play out, that's got to be the favorite in the clubhouse, right?

Sure, Marbury might be crazy. But, here, he's closer to being crazy like a fox, rather than being crazy like a guy who eats vaseline.
Category: NBA
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