The Other Side: New York Knicks

I don't want Steph! I don't want Steph! (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

We want Steph. It's been the playful rallying cry from New York Knicks fans at Madison Square Garden this season as Stephon Marbury, the former franchise point guard turned pariah, has been Marbur-ied by new Coach Mike D'Antoni. I wrote about the situation earlier this week, and it has been the overriding story in the Big Apple, even though the team is playing halfway decent at 2-2.

The New York Post had a pretty interesting story on Thursday that said D'Antoni is taking a stance on Marbury for respect. The part of the piece that jumped out was where Marc Berman wrote that D'Antoni interviewed the players about Marbury and got mostly negative feedback. The New York Times' William Rhoden said the situation needs to be resolved sooner rather than later.

(The Washington Post's Sally Jenkins weighs in this morning.)

With the player formerly known as Starbury benched and having probably played his last game as a Knick, you wouldn't realize there was anything else going on with the Knicks. But here's what you should know as they prepare to face to the Wizards tonight at Verizon Center.

I'm just going to leave the whole Isiah Thomas sleeping pill overdose saga alone. But if you want the best take on it, here's the Times' Harvey Araton on the subject.

1. Eddy Curry, another player former Knicks Coach/Team President Isiah Thomas pegged as the franchise savior, isn't playing either. He is on the inactive list with a bruised right knee, but he doesn't look like a good fit for D'Antoni's uptempo offense -- especially when he's so overweight that he is sitting on exercise balls and making them explode! It's so bad for Curry that ESPN has the wrong picture on his player page.

2. Marbury is arguably the most talented guard on the Knicks, but the starting point guard Chris Duhon has newly elected friends in high places. Playing the Wizards might not be the only reason he makes visits to Washington.

3. Okay, I tried. There really is nothing else going on except Stephon Marbury. Since he can't get any run with the Knicks, now he wants to go back to Brooklyn's Lincoln High School.

And, if you like, check out this video. A Tribe Called Quest is my favorite rap group of all time, so Q-Tip is my guy, but this. . .eh. The beat's all right, I guess.

Somebody didn't talk to D'Antoni before they filmed this, huh?

By Michael Lee |  November 7, 2008; 8:24 AM ET
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here comes another L

Posted by: beas13 | November 7, 2008 9:25 AM

[sarcasm]well, we started out 0-5 a couple years ago and still finished ok...[/sarcasm]

Posted by: sargeantmofo | November 7, 2008 9:59 AM

As bad as Stephon is perceived in NY, he's probably better than any of our healthy guards right now.

BTW, did anyone read that he dropped $45 mil on a jet plane?

He must have received financial advice from Latrell Sprewell.

I don't think even Gilby is that dumb.

Posted by: DC_MAN88 | November 7, 2008 10:07 AM

looks (and sounds) like Q-Tip has fallen as far as the Knicks. They should have gotten Phife to do the video.

Posted by: doogiex | November 7, 2008 11:01 AM

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