The New York Daily News is reporting that Knicks management is discussing ways to either reduce the role of Stephon Marbury, or severe ties with him completely. With Steph set to earn $42M over the next two years and his trade value at an all time low (not that it was ever high), the options for the Knicks are limited.
Following his trade to NY, I don’t think anybody envisioned Steph’s tenure with the Knicks would go as poorly as it has. Having grown up in Coney Island and followed by many New Yorkers since a very young age, Steph’s return home was a perfect match. This was supposed to not only resurrect Steph’s career, but return the buzz back to the Garden. Unfortunately, the past four years have been brutal and it appears the Knicks have had enough of this failed experiment.
One would have hoped that after 10 years of playing in the league, Steph would finally get it. Blessed with every skill a basketball player could dream of, the one major problem has always resided inside the enormous dome above Steph’s neck.
It’s become especially draining for Steph’s most loyal supporters, as his immature antics never seem to end. From the towel on the head, to the decision not to shoot during certain games and the insane interviews, it’s one thing after the next.
There isn’t a player in this league that has played alongside Steph that would be sad to see him go. In fact, there probably isn’t a coach or fan either.
It looks like this Italy experiment could be coming sooner than Steph expected…