Marbury Finished As Knick?


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It looks like neither Stephon Marbury nor his alter ego, Starbury, could save the Knicks point guard from being shipped out of New York.  Marbury [missed practice] today, one day after a high-ranking Knicks official said that head coach Isiah Thomas and owner James Dolan were discussing ways to reduce the guard’s role or [get rid of him completely](http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/2007/11/13/2007-11-13_stephon_marburys_days_with_knicks_might_.html).


Marbury, who [self-destructed] like a videotape in a bad espionage movie during Sunday’s loss to Miami, fully accepted blame for the defeat after the game. But apparently, that wasn’t enough to save his job.


Unfortunately for New York, they’ve handled money [worse than an Enron CEO] over the past few years, and they owe Marbury $42 million over the next two seasons. Subsequently, they only can buy out his contract (making him a free agent) or trade him, and moving that kind of contract is nearly impossible.


Getting rid of Marbury would mark the end of another brilliant move by Isiah Thomas, who acquired the egotistical, overpaid point guard in a trade in 2004. And while it’s amazing Thomas has kept his job through all of his poor decisions and a sexual-harassment suit, wasting more money by buying out Marbury’s contract doesn’t seem like a way to get back in Dolan’s good graces.


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