Posted September 25, 2012

Stephon Marbury dishes on Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and James Dolan

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Stephon Marbury gave his thoughts on James Dolan, Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. (AFP/Getty Images)

Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury provided his thoughts to ESPNNewYork on the Carmelo Anthony-Amar’e Stoudemire duo, James Dolan’s reasoning for signing marquee players and the Knicks’ prospect as a playoff contender.

Speaking in Manhattan before taking off for China to resume playing for the Beijing Ducks, Marbury began the interview by dismissing Anthony and Stoudemire as a formidable duo, choosing to take an indirect shot at Knicks starting point guard Raymond Felton:

“Amare needs a point guard like Steve Nash (to thrive). He’s a pick-and-roll guy, a pick-and-pop guy. He can’t play in the half court where everything’s slowed down.”

When asked if he thought Anthony and Stoudemire could flourish together, Marbury said flatly, “Nope.”

Prior to playing for the Knicks, Marbury played with Stoudemire on the Phoenix Suns during the 2002-03 season.

In talking about Dolan, Marbury speculated whether the Knicks owner brought Anthony to New York for financial reasons rather than a real belief that the former Nuggets forward could actually win games:

“I don’t know if (Knicks owner James) Dolan brought him in to win games or to make money,” Marbury said. “I think it was to make money.”

When asked what the Knicks will look like come playoff time, Marbury was a little more positive:

“I think they have a good team,” Marbury said. “They could make the second round (of the playoffs).”

Marbury returns to China as he readies for another season in the Chinese Basketball Association in which he will try to lead the Beijing Ducks to their second consecutive league championship. He has found success overseas after a highly publicized exit from in the NBA. In the 2007-08 NBA season, his second-to-last in the league, Marbury played in only 24 games with the Knicks because of a public spat with management.


8 comments
clemente21
clemente21

Tell them fools how it is, Nostarbury!  You're right, Dolan is an idiot but that was obvious because he always listens to Zeke, buwahahahahahahhahahahha.

EdTo
EdTo

Marbury is spot on correct as the Knicks are doomed for 2nd round knockout at best.  A third of the team are 40yr olds players who are way past their primes.  Their two "Superstars"  have skill sets that are not compatible with each other and both lack effort on the defensive side which is half the game.  Their three point guards are fat  (Felton), old (Kidd), and old plus inexperience (Prigioni).  

Killingjoke
Killingjoke

2nd round feed for the real contenders yep hes dead on

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

Does anybody outside of NYC think the Knicks are contenders?  Marbury is mostly stating the obvious.

slevy221
slevy221

I don't know who is less credible.  The disgruntled ex-Knick who appeared to have had a mental breakdown as he was drunk during a TV interview and was singing songs on a witness stand of a very serious sexual harassment lawsuit; or the reporter that actually interviews him and promotes his opinions.

 

He's been out of the league for years now and is nothing more than an old All-Star who won't make the HOF.

 

Stop reaching out to idiots.

Carl Alexander
Carl Alexander

 @slevy221 Well, he's not exactly a bum, but a player on a good chinese team.

 

That's beside the point though, he is actually right. Knick might get to the second round but no further.

P0is0nedKoolA1
P0is0nedKoolA1

 @slevy221 Agreed! Why doesn't SI ask the homeless guy pissing himself outside the steps of MSG what the Knicks chances are? His opinion would be just as valid.