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There Really Is No Pleasing Knicks Fans

It’s amazing to see fan behavior. Nobody showed up to Knicks games because the franchise became so putrid under Isiah Thomas’ watch. They even had to start giving away food in fan appreciation days last season just to get people to buy tickets. Now they get a new coach who wants to turn things around, install his system, and win his way. They get a win on opening night — something they weren’t accustomed to the last few years — and then they bitch about a player not getting off the bench during the game?

With some in the Garden crowd surprisingly chanting “We Want Steph [Marbury]” with 11:10 remaining in the fourth (others booed the chant), a stewing [head coach Mike] D’Antoni was caught on MSG Network cameras Wednesday in a tirade, mouthing:

“You’ve got to be (bleeping) kidding me. You’ve got to be (bleeping) kidding me. What a bunch of (bleep) holes.”

[D'Antoni later said at practice the next day]
“Sometimes I don’t think the fans quite get it,” D’Antoni said. “It’s like who you draft. They’re going to boo. When you make a big decision, someone’s going to like it, someone’s not. You’ll hear from the people who don’t.

Those fans are impossible to please. Steph used to be the biggest scapegoat there for the losing and now they want him in the game? That’s like Dodger fans chanting to see Andruw Jones next year. Looks like D’Antoni put a quick end to any future fan requests for Marbury by putting him on the inactive list. I’m cool with D’Antoni doing his thing but I’m still surprised with the way things have gone with Marbury. If they weren’t going to play him, why didn’t they trade him? I refuse to believe that he isn’t talented enough to play in this league so I can’t understand why he’s just rotting away on their bench.

Stephon Marbury Would Like Eddie House to Think About Life, Not Basketball

We already knew that Stephon Marbury was out there. And by out there, I mean from a different planet. He’s responsible for one of the weirdest interviews I’ve ever seen, and he also owns one of the oddest tattoos I’ve seen as well. And apparently he picked up some Phil Jackson literature in the offseason because he’s become quite the philosopher lately. Witness his jawing with Eddie House of the Celtics in their pre-season game:

After Marbury drew a foul on Kendrick Perkins and hit two free throws, he turned and screamed at House, from midcourt: “You’re a bum!”

When play returned to the Celtics’ side of the court, House chirped, “Don’t worry about me. You better worry about Ray Allen,” whom Marbury was guarding. Marbury shot back, “You’re nothing!” then added, “You’re caught up in basketball. Get caught up in life.”

That is incredible. Seriously, of all the things in the world, why should House be worrying about basketball, right? Couldn’t he be out helping starvation in the world instead or putting sneakers on kids’ feet one at a time? A nice find by Straight Bangin’, passed on by M. Watson, proprietor of the greatest Detroit Pistons blog around. It’s nice to know where Steph’s head is at.

Picture of Stephon Marbury’s Head Tattoo

OK, so over the weekend I told you that Stephon Marbury was busy in the offseason adding a new tattoo of his Starbury logo to his dome. The story was good, but what everyone really wanted to see was a picture of it. Well, thanks to the magic of Deadspin, we now have one. Brace yourself.

Well, if he ever gets tired of it, at least he can just grow his hair out …

Stephon Marbury Goes Mike Tyson With New Tattoo

UPDATE: We now have a picture of Marbury’s tattoo

I’m a fan of Stephon Marbury and his Starbury shoes. Come on, anyone who sells a real pair of basketball sneakers for less than 20 bucks is pretty awesome. And with Steve and Barry’s filing for bankruptcy, Steph’s cut a deal with Amazon to sell the shoes for less than 10 bucks. Sounds like a good deal to me. Problem is Stephon himself may be a little too in love with his shoes, or rather, his logo.

Stephon Marbury bounded off the Knicks’ team bus at Vegas’ Valley High last night – a new tattoo inscribed on his left temple. The “3” logo found on his Starbury sneaker and apparel line is now a permanent part of his bald head.

Good thing the permanent tattoo ink wasn’t used on his Knick jersey.

Marbury’s explained his tats in a video with Dime Magazine, and many of his other ones have personal significance such as the names of his children and their birthdays. Those are some of the tats he has on his neck. Now he’s got one on his dome. Nice. Can’t wait to see how it looks, though I’m guessing it ain’t too pretty.

LeBron Piles It on Stephon Marbury

Earlier I was really pushing for Stephon to dump all his dirt on Isiah so we could have one lovely crap fest as it all hits the fan. I’m not quite sure if I’ll get my wish. The topic du jour though, happened to be whether or not people thought Isiah or Stephon needed to leave the Knicks. If you ask me, I think you can win with Stephon, and I’d be quicker to get rid of Isiah. When was the last time a freaking coach caused such a P.R. stir? Anyway, none other than King James himself would disagree with me:

Do not expect New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury to get traded to the Cavaliers any time soon. At least not while LeBron James is on the team.

“I don’t know him that well,” James said of Marbury. “But I couldn’t have a guy like that on my team.”

Pretty harsh words coming from Da King if you ask me. How can you comment on a guy you don’t know that well? Or is it enough to know that the guy didn’t respond well to a potential benching, and that’s all you need to know about him? I’m guessing that’s the deal. I think it’s a shame that Steph seems to be taking more of a character hit in this whole situation than that dirty, rotten, scum of a coach, Isiah.

UPDATE: The omniscient Matt Watson passes along word that LeBron and Stephon have a history going back to last year when LBJ took a shot at Marbury and his cheap shoes.  Now that’s an interesting twist.  Maybe this goes a little deeper than I originally thought.

Please Let Marbury Blackmail Isiah

Please, oh please, oh pretty please? If there is a basketball god out there, convince him to have Stephon blackmail Isiah Thomas! There is no question in my mind that Starbury has the goods on Isiah given what he hinted at according to a New York Daily News article (and even regardless of the quote):

“Isiah has to start me,” Marbury fumed, according to the source. “I’ve got so much (stuff) on Isiah and he knows it. He thinks he can (get) me. But I’ll (get) him first. You have no idea what I know.”

Well, we know of all the A-Mooch-A allegations against Isiah. We also know that Marbury “coerced” an intern to copulate with him. Is Starbury going to tell us that he and Isiah tag-teamed her? Is that what this is all about? Oh boy, could you just imagine the stories that would come out? Filthy, cheating, fornicating, Isiah! This could be great. Of course, this could also just be part of Marbury’s ploy to get himself to the Italian league. That’s always a possibility. It is at this point that I would normally link you to the infamous video of a cracked out Stephon on TV, but those beauties have unfortunately been removed from YouTube. Sigh.

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