Thursday , Nov , 06 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

D’Antoni’s Benching of Stephon Marbury a ‘Respect’ Issue

Mike D’Antoni won’t reverse his decision to banish Stephon Marbury, feeling he would lose respect from the rest of the team, according to a source debriefed on the situation.

Marbury sat in street clothes again last night as the Knicks edged Larry Brown’s Bobcats 101-98 at the Garden. Marbury has yet to play and D’Antoni has no plans to change course.

"It may not be pretty short-term, but the worst thing you can do is go back on something he’s committed to," the source told The Post. "Considering what happened last year, other players will be like, ‘here we go again.’ They’d never trust him."