Friday , Feb , 29 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

New York Knicks Put a ‘Muzzle’ on Stephon Marbury

Stephon Marbury has been instructed by Isiah Thomas not to attend Knicks home games – another indication of the continuing feud between the former pals, The Post has learned.According to a Marbury confidant, the embattled point guard is under a gag order by Knicks management, forbidding him from speaking to the media. Marbury has not commented since his Jan. 22 ankle surgery. ‘They’ve got a muzzle on him,’ the confidant said.  Marbury began rehab 11 days ago at the club’s Westchester practice facility, and he has wanted to join the club on the home bench at the Garden since the All-Star break, according to the friend.

Marbury is one of three captains, along with Jamal Crawford and Malik Rose. Thomas disrespected Marbury on Wednesday night when he talked about next season’s backcourt and did not mention Marbury. Thomas said the Knicks need to add a point guard to next season’s club, saying Nate Robinson, Jamal Crawford and Fred Jones need help with ballhandling. Thomas was given two chances to correct himself, but declined to add Marbury to next season’s point-guard mix. Marbury still has one year left and $21 million on his pact – a valuable commodity for a team looking to get under the salary cap after the 2008-09 season. Click here for more from the New York Post.