February 25, 2009 2:34 PM
Pop goes . . . Stephon
All around the Marbury bush . . . I'll stop there. No need to make references to monkeys and weasels when it comes to the New York Knicks parting ways with Stephon Marbury.
I'm not sure who I want to pop upside the head first -- Marbury or Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni.
D'Antoni holds a grudge, so he doesn't play Marbury at all this season. Marbury doesn't play a minute, but he gets paid -- like whatever it is he gets per week based on his $20 million salary for the season.
$20 million "not" to play? It ought to make you mad. Then again, Marbury signed a contract. His boss chose not to let him play.
Now Marbury probably will sign with the Boston Celtics. In doing so, the Celtics will be signing an affidavit that says they relinquish the NBA title belt. Marbury's got talent, but he's not a winner. I've followed the guy -- and covered him when he played for Georgia Tech. Doesn't win championships.
This isn't Nate Archibald toning down his game to fit in with the Celtics' team-oriented style of play. This is Stephon "No D-havin', No pass-comin', Watch Me-Me-Me" 'Star'-bury coming to Boston with the intent on proving he's something that he's not.
OK, let me shorten that for you. Think Allen Iverson with the Detroit Pistons. How's that working out, Motown?
It might work early on. Marbury might come off as the perfect transfer student in the Celtics' classroom. But wait until the real tests begin in the playoffs.