So sayeth Marc Berman of the NEW YORK POST. Our favorite low-cost sneaker entrepreneur will be out for the rest of the season after his ankle surgery “was more complex than anticipated.”
With one year and $21 million dollars left on his expiring contract, Stephon Marbury is already on the trading block and likely to find himself bought out if Isiah Thomas isn’t able to find a buyer (read: sucker) to take him up on the aging point guard. If you need any more proof that he’s played his last game in a Knicks uniform, this will do it:
“Eyebrows were raised when the Knicks released a statement following his MRI saying Marbury “decided” to have ankle surgery, making it seem it was his call and against the Knicks’ wishes.
Thomas exacerbated the belief Marbury could have postponed the operation by saying he ‘didn’t notice’ Marbury hobbling during his last game, Jan. 11 against Toronto. Thomas also made it clear Marbury made the call to go under the knife.”
From relations with team interns in the backseat of a car to threatening to air his coach’s dirty laundry after getting demoted out of the starting lineup, Marbury has done nothing if not provide material for the mill in the absence of his play, and for that, I am eternally grateful. The question is: which sap will Thomas be able to foist him off on. I’m not sure there’s a GM in the league willing to pay Marbury to actually set foot on the court right now — he’s not necessarily toxic in the Barry Bonds sense, but signing him comes with a nice set of baggage.