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S.J.Basketball
11-18-2008, 12:21 AM
http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/ny-spberg175931016nov17,0,4947511.column


Ken Berger
November 17, 2008

About an hour before tip-off, an Internet billionaire strode across the Madison Square Garden court to shake hands with a basketball millionaire. It could be the first gesture in a marriage of convenience, an example of what happens when two dysfunctional relationships become one.

"I'm a Stephon Marbury fan," Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said, placing himself in a realm in which he's quite comfortable - the fringe - but certainly not alone.

Cuban and Marbury had a brief handshake and chest bump, and Marbury pitter-pattered his fingers to let Cuban know he'll be in touch. Who knows? It could happen sooner than we think.

Cuban hasn't spoken with the Knicks about Marbury, but give it time. We're talking about the ultimate risk-taker here, a guy who signed Dennis Rodman a month after buying the Mavs.



"We have an organization that we think we've put in place that we think has baby-sitting skills," he said. "And that's not a reference to any specific player. But different ages, different maturity levels, different skill sets - you've got to put the organization around them and hopefully, it puts them in a position to succeed. Some guys are higher-profile than others, and unless we think it's going to be a negative, we're willing to take a chance."

Yes, Cuban is open to extending an olive branch to Marbury and seeing if a career 20-point scorer could leave his baggage in New York and help the struggling Mavs, who improved to 3-7 with a sorely needed 124-114 overtime win over the Knicks last night. And the longer Donnie Walsh waits, the more options will emerge.

"Absolutely," Cuban said when asked if teams would be interested in Marbury once the Knicks bought him out or waived him. "I take that back. I'm not allowed to speak about players on other people's teams. So I have no idea."

One idea would be to pawn off Jason Kidd on the Knicks - who are owned by Cablevision, which also owns Newsday - but that ship almost certainly has sailed. The Knicks, with an eye on the future, wouldn't be interested. Neither, it seems, would the Mavs' general manager, Donnie Nelson.

"That's not my problem," Nelson said when asked about Marbury. "We're a tenth of the way into the season. It's no time to start shifting around or making moves."

Another option is the Warriors, who are desperate for guard scoring until Monta Ellis comes back - and even after that. Nobody knows who's making the decisions for Golden State right now, but someone's going to have to make one.

"Nellie's desperate," one league source said of the Warriors' coach, Don Nelson.

The Knicks? Not so much. Not as long as every guard ahead of Marbury on the depth chart remains healthy and able to play.

"The worst thing you can be is a 40-win team," Cuban said. "Sometimes, you've just got to make a decision that you just want to develop guys for the long term. That's just the decision teams make."

So the Knicks are tanking?

"No, not at all," Cuban said. "They've got a better record than us. We should tank so much ... Mike [D'Antoni] and Donnie are dealing with it the way they know best, and Stephon's been very professional about it, from the outside looking in. I think everybody's handling it very well."

Cuban did seem amused by the media firestorm swirling around Marbury, suggesting at one point, "Somebody ought to pick their nose in public so you guys would have something else to put on the back page."

Less than a month into the season with a new coach, Rick Carlisle, the Mavs hardly seem desperate enough to roll the dice with Marbury. But at some point, if they're getting left in the Western Conference dust with an $85-million payroll, they'll have to do something.

Marbury knows this, which is why he was cozying up to a friend on the Mavs' coaching staff in the hallway outside the rear entrance to the visitors' locker room after the game. That's a positive sign, perhaps, that Marbury finally realizes he's finished here.

"Stephon Marbury's not 23 years old," Cuban said. "He's a proven commodity. People know what they're getting."

Sure do. The key for the Knicks is to find someone who knows but doesn't care.

lakers4sho
11-18-2008, 12:36 AM
Mark,

You already screwed up your team. No need to do it again.

Sincerely Yours,
lakers4sho

S.J.Basketball
11-18-2008, 12:38 AM
Mark,

You already screwed up your team. No need to do it again.

Sincerely Yours,
lakers4sho

:clap::clap::clap:

Muttman73
11-18-2008, 12:54 AM
They deserve each other

Raidaz4Life
11-18-2008, 01:14 AM
Cuban needs to learn to shut up sometimes

Duncan = Donkey
11-18-2008, 01:52 AM
dont even go there mark

Lone Maverick
11-18-2008, 04:12 AM
seriously Cubes?????..........O_O

OY!
11-18-2008, 11:48 AM
:crazy::bang:

innovator
11-18-2008, 12:01 PM
marbury is so underated, he averages 20 ppg the only reason he ****ed up was bcuz of isiah thomas

$KnicksAndKobe$
11-18-2008, 01:55 PM
marbury is so underated, he averages 20 ppg the only reason he ****ed up was bcuz of isiah thomas

yes :clap::clap::clap:

like 22 and 8 but then Isiah came and messed up the knicks and Steph's reputation just got effed along with Isiah.

Randy West
11-18-2008, 02:04 PM
Could the Mavericks become the Raiders of the NBA???

It sounds like the owner is starting to meddle too much

NYKnickFanatic
11-18-2008, 02:19 PM
marbury is so underated, he averages 20 ppg the only reason he ****ed up was bcuz of isiah thomas

Thank you! THANK YOU!
I dont think youre a Knick fan, so Im glad to see someone, outside of SOME Knicks fans, has common knowledge.
I hope Marbury gets bought out already, so he can help another team.
What the Knicks are doing is just plain wrong.

zambo4president
11-18-2008, 02:45 PM
Why does anybody even listen to what cuban says anymore?

colinskik
11-18-2008, 02:59 PM
You're trying to say Marbs reputation wasn't already severely ****ed???? His time with the Knicks hasn't been all that different than his entire career. His numbers are good, but he screws with chemistry.

cubulls
11-18-2008, 03:57 PM
Its worth the gamble.

S.J.Basketball
11-18-2008, 04:01 PM
You're trying to say Marbs reputation wasn't already severely ****ed???? His time with the Knicks hasn't been all that different than his entire career. His numbers are good, but he screws with chemistry.

Exactly. He's been dead to me ever since the Garnett situation where Garnett was making more money than him and he was super jealous and couldn't handle it so he left the team to make more money.

Selfish player who has been a cancer to whatever team he's been on.

mrblisterdundee
11-18-2008, 04:31 PM
Marbury is a player that consistently underperforms and leads a team to failure. That sounds like somebody Cuban would like.

soulslice
11-18-2008, 06:24 PM
cuban is also a martha stewart fan