Tuesday , Jan , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Stephon Marbury is Taking a Break in New York

Unhappy with his duties as a non-scoring playmaker, Stephon Marbury might not have to endure much more of his role, or the Knicks’ woeful season, for that matter.In a stunning but not a totally surprising development, Marbury said Monday that he will opt to have surgery immediately on his left ankle if he is found to have bone spurs, which could sideline him for the remainder of the season.

Dr. William Hamilton found inflammation around a chronically fractured bone spur, according to a team official. Marbury will be in a walking boot to rest his ankle before getting an MRI on Thursday. So at the least, he will miss tonight’s game against the Wizards at the Garden and tomorrow’s against the Nets at the Meadowlands.Having suffered from spurs twice before, as a member of the Phoenix Suns, Marbury was convinced before the exam that he was headed for a third round of surgery. Hamilton removed spurs from both of his ankles in 2002 and 2003. Click here for more from the New York Daily News.