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  • Nov

    Isiah’s Gone, But There’s Still Knicks Drama on Broadway

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    The Knicks finally parted ways with Isiah Thomas after the 2007-8 NBA season, and they thought all the drama would trail along on Thomas’ coattails. Boy were they wrong.

    New head coach Mike D’Antoni did not play disgruntled guard Stephon Marbury in the Knicks 120-115 victory over the Miami Heat in the season opener on Wednesday night. After Marbury and D’Antoni met before Friday night’s game in Philadelphia, the two agreed that Marbury would be placed in the inactive list since it appears that D’Antoni doesn’t think Marbury is ready to play for his team. It is unclear where the disconnect is between Marbury and his new coach. Neither Marbury nor D’Antoni have made too many public statements regarding the relationship. Marbury was not available for comment after the Knicks 116-87 loss to the 76ers on Friday night, while all D’Antoni would say is that he is trying to build a base for bringing back Marbury to the regular rotation.

    Marbury has always been a thorn in the Knicks side since he arrived on Broadway in early 2004 in a mid-season trade from the Phoenix Suns. While Marbury played the rest of the season in 2004 and all 82 games in 2004-5 (when he averaged his Knicks’ best 21.7 points per game), he hasn’t played a full season for the Knicks since that time for various reasons. How quickly this situation gets resolved should make a big impact on how the team performs in D’Antoni’s first year as head coach of the Knicks.


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