Tuesday , Dec , 02 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Mike D’Antoni Unrepentant about Stephon Marbury Decision

With the Knicks are on the verge of severing ties with disgruntled point guard Stephon Marbury, Mike D’Antoni says he doesn’t regret his original decision to bench Marbury at the start of the season.

“No, obviously it wasn’t a snap decision,” D’Antoni said. “It was a decision made over months and months for what is better for the team. And I try to do what is better for the team. Can you argue that it’s not all good? Sure, I’m not full proof in any decision. I realized everything that could happen.”
Marbury was scheduled to meet with Knicks president Donnie Walsh Monday at 2 p.m. All indications are the Knicks with either negotiate a buy-out with Marbury or ask him to leave the team indefinitely with pay.

“Everybody is looking for a solution and resolve the problem,” D’Antoni said. “It didn’t work out the way anyone thought or hoped. Everybody is looking for closure.”