Thursday , Jul , 09 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Why Stephon Marbury’s NBA career is over and ‘Starbury’ is Europe-bound

There’s also the issue of minutes. After watching most of the last two seasons, Marbury is motivated to play and it doesn’t matter if he takes the court in Europe, the NBA, or even the playground at Rucker Park. Remember, New York Knick beat writers were impressed with his fitness at training camp last October …

Why Stephon Marbury's NBA career is over and 'Starbury' is Europe-boundBreaking NBA news mixed with analysis …

Their News: "Stephon Marbury told The Post last night he won’t be returning to the Celtics and is eyeing Europe stronger than ever. Marbury, 32, has been talking to teams in three different European countries, including Italy, the past few weeks and is growing more intrigued if a strong NBA offer does not come along soon." (CNNSI.com and the New York Post)

Our Quick Analysis: Money and minutes.

These are the reasons Stephon Marbury will likely finish his career on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. No NBA team will pay or play the former All-Star, while several European clubs will dole out significant cash and court time.

Without a strong offer in America, heading abroad makes the most sense for the combo guard.

The money matters. In Europe, the combo guard would earn millions of dollars tax free to play a light schedule, but if he lands an NBA contract for the 2010 season, it will be for no more than the veteran’s minimum of $1.2 million.

He also has other business to pursue. Playing in Greece, Italy, or Russia would allow him to expand his successful clothing line into the European market. And his presence overseas would also help the company with its plan to diversify by sponsoring soccer stars.

There’s also the issue of minutes. After watching most of the last two seasons, Marbury is motivated to play and it doesn’t matter if he takes the court in Europe, the NBA, or even the playground at Harlem’s Rucker Park. Remember, New York Knick beat writers were impressed with his fitness at training camp last October.

The ‘Steph’ sideshow could be an asset overseas. Unlike the United States, European owners would welcome the publicity his persona would generate. Of course, all things in moderation, so colorful comments are great, but no referring to his wife as ‘his better ho’.

(The Mike’D Up nightmare lives!)

The bottom line is respect. In America, Marbury appears finished. In Europe, ‘Starbury’ very much lives.

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