by Marcel Mutoni

I’ve never lost a parent, so I can’t even begin to imagine what Stephon Marbury is going through right now.

The fact of the matter, though, is that Marbury hasn’t appeared on the basketball floor for more than three weeks since his father’s death, and has missed nine of the last twelve games.

The troubled point guard isn’t expected to play against Orlando tonight, and though the team says it’s an excused absence, there’s growing speculation that he’s not playing because he doesn’t want to suit up for coach Isiah Thomas.

A friend of Marbury told The Post yesterday, “Isiah will throw Steph under the bus any time the going gets tough.”

If there’s any truth to this – and again, we’re dealing with the NY Post here, so all bets are off – Marbury should just give up and return to the court.

Isiah Thomas isn’t going anywhere. If losing a sexual harassment case in the most humiliating way imaginable, a highly-publicized fan protest outside MSG, and an atrocious record won’t get him fired, an unpopular player refusing to return to the team surely won’t.