Tuesday , May , 30 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Stephon Marbury Loves the Knicks

If you thought, as I did, that you’d heard every exaggerated statement possible from the league’s most disappointing organisation, you’d be wrong. As if to let the public know that they were still speaking in superlatives, Stephon Marbury has said that he wants to “die a Knick.” Over to you, Steph.

“I want to be a Knick, I want to die a Knick,” Marbury told The Post in an exclusive Memorial-Day interview.

“If I ever was to be cremated, I’d want my ashes sprinkled on top of the Garden.”

“Playing here has always been my dream,” Marbury added. “I want to be in New York more than any place.”

Stephon Marbury Loves the Knicks

I’m torn right now. Has Marbles lost his damn mind, or is he simply being smart? While the former was my first thought, I’ve decided that he’s actually making the sort of statement that could ensure he remains in NYC for at least another season. If that happens, of course, it means that Larry Brown will be given his marching orders. See how that works out for Steph? He stays home, Larry leaves, and the city loves him for his loyalty. Three-for-three, baby.
"I hope that every player on this team comes back next season," Marbury said.
"I honestly mean that. Every player. I think we have a great team. I think it will be so much different next year."

This is where I really started to question his sanity. Their cumulative talent certainly seems sufficient to carry New York to the postseason, but unfortunately it doesn’t quite work that way in the NBA. All the skill in the world won’t help you when your third-string centre is a chair with a broom wedged in the back, and the Knicks are going to have to correct that if they’re to have any chance of success in ’06-’07.