Friday , Aug , 15 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Stephon Marbury Thinking of Milan


"People just didn’t understand and didn’t know (last summer)," said Marbury, who will be in Coney Island Sunday when his summer kids basketball league holds its Finals at Surfside Gardens. "When I made comments about playing overseas people took it out of perspective, thought I was talking about leaving while still playing for the Knicks. It was turned into something negative about going to Italy. Now it seems it’s OK.

"Why wouldn’t you want to play basketball, still make money and live in a place that’s beautiful," Marbury added. "Milan is definitely where I want to play basketball at. That’s where I fell in love with Italy."

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"I’m fine, I don’t look at it as an uneasy situation," he added. "There’s no place but America where you can make 20 million dollars for free. I can’t get mad if they want to go in a different direction and want to pay me.

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