Thursday, November 27th, 2008 at 9:00 am  |  79 responses

Marbury Refuses to Play (Again); Q-Rich Hates Him

by Marcel Mutoni

You know what Quentin Richardson is NOT thankful for? Stephon Marbury’s presence on the New York Knicks basketball team.

Marbury once again apparently refused to suit up last night for his injury depleted team – Mike D’Antoni was reportedly offering him a chance to start for the remainder of the season – and after the Knicks got romped by Detroit, Q-Rich could no longer hide his frustration with the whole affair.

From Newsday:

“I don’t consider him my teammate, so, I mean, whatever,” Quentin Richardson said. “He hasn’t played with us all year, he doesn’t want to play with us. He’s expressed that a second time, so whatever. I don’t look at him as a teammate because teammates don’t do that. Regardless of what you have going on with the organization or what you have going on with your coach or whatever, you’re not going to allow your teammates to be left out there the way they were left out there.

Regardless of how you’re trying to stick it to whoever. At the end of the day, we’re getting left out there and we’re shorthanded, people are hurt and people are still playing. Chris is banged up pretty bad. He’s got an ankle injury and his back is messed up pretty bad and he’s playing. But I mean, once again, I don’t really pay any attention to it because I don’t look at him as a teammate anyway.”

Ladies and germs, your New York Knicks! It’s amazing how this team consistently finds a way to sink lower than rock-bottom.

If this latest incident doesn’t lead to Marbury getting kicked off the squad, absolutely nothing will.

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  • Tom

    Good for Marbury…..he came into camp ready to play this year and Walsh and D’antoni said they didn’t want him and they refused to play him. Marbury’s just helping them keep their word.

  • rikson

    Im soooooo tired of marbury…. same stuff over and over again.

  • Andy

    Seriously, Tom? You’re defending Marbury on this? I have no problem whatsoever with Marbury holding tight to get what he’s owed in his contract. But, the way I see it, the Knicks still pay Marbury. Therefore, issues or not, they are entitled to call upon him to do the job he’s getting paid for.

  • Andy

    In fact, by now refusing to play, isn’t he now in breach of said contract?

  • Benoit Benjamin

    I disagree with that Tom, the guy gets paid a lot of money to play ball and he actually refuses to do it when he’s asked to. Not professional. He’s good, but he is a locker room cancer.

  • jay

    Damn…this is better than as the world turns!

  • adams

    Knicks news and no mention of LeBron, how refreshing!

  • Prentice Mcgruder

    what a sorry mess. Mutoni what is the reason they havent just cut him yet?

  • Greedy_Genius

    Ha Ha Ha !!! I’m laughing at all you knicks fans, Stephon has a right not to play because when he wanted to play they put him on the bench and now that the team is need of players they want him to come play and THEY WANT LEBRON TO COME PLAY FOR THEN WHEN BECOMES A FREE AGENT aint that some $hit?

  • peteb80

    I think if he doesn’t want to play they should force him to either wipe sweat off the court during games or sell food and drinks in the stands.

  • http://www.hoopmixtape.com Simon S.Y Lawy

    you got the point, Adams…

  • peteb80

    I’d also like to see him hand out ten bucks to every fan at MSG at every game he doesn’t want to play in which would equal the $199 000 he gets paid for every game.

  • King David

    thats what im talking about marbury.let them know

  • rikson

    …just a born troublemaker -> doesnt matter how good he is nobody wants him anymore!

  • rikson

    …plus (as mentioned) he is hurting his teammates more than anybody else (exept himselve)… Hey Steph – get lost…

  • rollezed

    that’s exactly what i would do. in your face d’antoni! you deserved that! Go Steph!

  • baron samedi

    you guys at slam still on marburys nuts? you lot gonna defend him to the death? they should stick him in a cupboard and lock it shut forever

  • Andy

    I can’t believe anyone is seriously defending Marbury. He’s a grown man, damn it. He needs to quit being a baby, find a set from somewhere, swallow his misplaced pride, and do what he has to for his EMPLOYER. That’s the bottom line here. D’Antoni doesn’t have to play Marbury, if he chooses not to. But, when D’Antoni NEEDS him to, then that’s what he’s getting paid a stupid amount of money for. I’d throw him out and tell him to take it to court, if he wants his money.

  • Monkeyball

    And, please, let’s not forget that Marbury is not THAT good. Yes, he gets 20 and 8 or so, but who wouldn’t prefer Nash, CP3, Deron or JKidd top him? Hell, I’d take Jose Calderon over Marbury right now.
    Like baron samedi says, it’s time fro SLAM to recognize that Marbury is nothing but a waste of talent. An unprofessional whiner his whole career, who has nothing to brag about. A LOSER!!!!

  • rikson

    true monkeyball – but he would still be a good asset to any team, IF he would behave like a grown up. Like this – he is worth nothin…

  • http://whowantsbreakfast.com Father Breakfast

    Good for Marbury. I wouldn’t play either. If you know they are going to dump you next season and they had no intention of playing you, why risk injury? NYC effed him over, now they need him and they expect him to help them? They basically placed the whole blame on him. Karma is a biotch

  • Young Chris MP3

    He should play. Get his value up.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    The plot thickens for the Knicks…

  • rikson

    -but yall understand: Its Marburys job to do what the coach wants hin to do!

  • rikson


  • http://violetsprite.tumblr.com/ Ulee

    I know the Knicks are missing this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whKAx7hZ1Fw

  • Son of Shawn

    Ok, you can hate your coach, and refuse to do the job you´re payed for (and there´ll be people still defending you), but if you expect to play pro basketball in the near future and you expect that someone in the league (or wherewer) pays you for playing; maybe, only maybe, refusing to play pro basketball twice and acting like a capricious little girl doesn´t help you to keep your career alive

  • Charles

    He is OBLIGATED to play for them if he is physically able. End of story. I hope the Knicks get to terminate his contract for this. Here’s my list of PGs I would prefer to Starbury: Nash, CP3, Deron, JKidd, Calderon, Tony Parker, Rose, Felton, Baron, Joe Johnson, Billups, Roy, Andre Miller, Rondo, Devin Harris, Jameer Nelson, Sessions, Stuckey, Mayo, Westbrook, Jordan Farmar… you get the picture.

  • http://www.ojhoops.blogspot.com the baconator

    Good for Q-Rich for telling it like it is. Marbury has expressed before the season started that he didn’t want to play for the Knicks. When they finally give him an opportunity, he decides to prove absolutely nothing and not take it. Quite simply, Starbury is acting like a spoiled brat. The Knicks found a better replacement for him and he can’t take not being the team’s “star” player. Dude needs to go overseas to play, where I bet at least one team’ll want him

  • Boing Dynasty

    Charles, Joe Johnson?

  • Tuomas

    Boing, I think the fact that he mentions non-point guards only underlines how Charles feels about this. Which is fine I guess, not a good look (no sh*t) again for Marbury.

  • Charles

    Yeah, you’re right Boing Dynasty. Johnson is more of a tweener/point forward… You can take him off the list. But I’m putting Lebron on there for good measure. He can play wherever he wants, including NY! ZING!

  • Keith

    Marbury saga + Lebron saga = Tedious.

  • Crook

    Oh boy here we go again…ONLY 1 comment about Richardson’s comments? If Shaq said it it would be an outrage from an sub human.. lol

    How does any of us know how good Marbury is opn the court now since none of us has seen him play in a loooong time. Don’t try to write about pre-season b/c he was playing against rookies and players trying to make teams.

  • Crook

    I believe they should be able to terminate his contract for insubordination. If my employer doesn’t allow me to go to trial on the plum cases for whatever reason and then when all the other lawyers are not available and they come to me for a juicy trial I do NOT have the right to refuse b/c they pay me and I need to do my job regardless of how much I want to “stick it to them”. If not I’m fired, period! Oh yeah, I think Marbury sells cheap sneakers to help out the little people but I’d rather he try to sell a better example to the kids who for some reason look up to him.

  • Theo Papaloukas

    many people laugh with Steph but i will really miss him when he is out of the league….i would have retired his number from all NBA teams, he is a living legend (along with A.I)and nobody can notice…STARBURY!!!STARBURY!!!

  • Crook

    Richardson forgot to say that in the hood where he is from Marbury would get dealt with…Oh, I forgot he isn’t tough enough to say that b/c Marbury is in the locker room daily and they ARE in NY and the Coney Islanders would be waiting for him in the parking lot. lmao!!!

  • Crook

    Hey Theo, Cosby is calling you with a cup of tainted jello pudding.. jk

    Have a Great Thanksgiving SLAM Nation!

  • Charles

    Crook. You can’t play without heart.. And as far as Q’s comments are concerned, he probably shouldn’t have said anything. I think the court of public opinion would be all over Marbury even without the comments being made. As a player you have to let D’antoni and Donnie take care of the mess and not let your emotions get carried away. Easier said than done. I don’t blame him for saying any of it.

  • Ryan.T.

    Q-Rich said:“He hasn’t played with us all year, he doesn’t want to play with us.”
    Is everybody forgetting that while the Knicks had a full squad, nobody stood up for Marbury & even wanted to play along side the guy. From my understanding Marbury indeed wanted to play, and was actually willing to come off the bench for Duhon, at the beginning of the year. But the Knicks organization and coach had different plans for him…. What were they? Nobody really knows… But his teammates and the Knicks fans weren’t missing him at any point during those games in which he received a DNP. If your a guy than you know the role the Knicks are playing here. It’s kinda similar to a guy having more than one female “friend”. If for some reason you can’t see one than you’ll call the other that’s waiting along the sideline. Marbury is handling the situation in the right manner, because before this nobody on his squad cared if he sat on the pine for the full year.

  • http://ballislife.com omar harris

    you know there really is no bad guy in this situation.Marbury did come to play this season nd walsh nd dantoni refused to play him.even if you wab=nted revenge in some way against the organization;this is a selfish way to prove your point.his services would be much appreciated elsewhere im sure.

  • Mike

    Why not just go play? there’s no pressure to win. He could just go after stats. I’m sure playing is more fun than sitting there pissed off. Let the coach be the asshole.

  • Mike

    If Marbury really wanted to piss off the coach, start point shaving or throwing games.

  • Charles

    Ryan. T.: That’s all conjecture. Your analogy of a guy who has more than one female friend is a straw man’s argument. Doesn’t matter if Marbury was willing to play then. His contract doesn’t stipulate that his coach must play him. It does however stipulate that if he is able to perform then that’s what he has to do. So you’re saying that his teammates should support him by going against management?! And put their careers and livelihoods in jeopardy?! It’s a goddammed business!! Marbury needs to suck it up and be a professional if he want to have any kind of future in the league. From everything I’ve read about Marbury he is nothing but a child in a grown man’s body. I think it’s time to take off the diapers. Oh wait, I think it’s too late cuz he already done soiled hisself. Too bad for him he doesn’t have the good dirt on D’antoni and Walsh like he did on Zeke…

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    That’s on the front office. How would you feel if you knew your team wanted to trade you or buy you out and that the only reason they’re looking at you right now is that they don’t have enough warm bodies out there. They messed up big time with the whole Steph fiasco. The fact that the GM had no idea that Mike D was not going to play Steph is appaling. That should have been dealt with during the summer.

  • http://twentythreenine.blogspot.com Russ Bengtson

    I wonder what the Vegas odds are on Q punching Steph right in that stupid “3″ tattoo before the All-Star break?

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    doesn’t Marbury have a point when he said that it was not him who decides whether he plays or not? He says all the time that in the beginning of the season he met with D’Antoni, and D’Antoni said he wants to go forward without Marbury. So when you’re told you’re not needed and now all of a sudden you ‘re needed? I can imagine that Marbury doesn’t want to suit up anymore. I know I’m playing the devil’s advocate here, and I know dude is paid tens of millions of dollars for something that any of us would do for free, I’m not that dumb. However, if what Marbury says is true, I kind of understand, but I’m not justifying his actions in any way.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com/ B. Long

    I have no problem with Marbury not playing for a Coach who said he didn’t want Marbury to be a part of this team. David Stern needs to step in and get this ish resolved. Enough is enough.

  • WhiteOut

    Marbury should be EXECUTED

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Co sign B Long and Gerard.

  • Charles

    I agree with WhiteOut, Obviously.

  • jaymes

    Steph is nothing but a sook.Q hit the nail on the head, get out there and play if your asked to, thats what your paid for. The dude is a cancer on the league.

  • Young Chris MP3

    Stephon Marbury should never be mentioned in the same sentence with Allen Iverson. Period.

  • Dark

    Ugh, Knicks management and coaches handled this so poorly. I’m not defending Marbury here (how could I), but the coaches and management should have known better at the beginning of the season. If you turn your back on Marbury, don’t turn to him later, because there is no going back. What did they expect?

  • Chris

    My feelings are this, Marbury was told he was not wanted/needed with the organization so he has every right to refused to play in my books. Why didn’t the Knicks just waive him if they didn’t want him around? Trade him for peanuts, sure his contract is expiring but that is their piss-poor management that they are stuck paying for a player that isn’t wanted any more. I will defend Marbury’s right of choosing not to play, when at the start of the year he was prepared to work in any situation he was told to. Much love to Steph, get your paper and hopefully you can be free soon.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Quentin Richardson is right. He is undeniably right. Marbury’s attitude is seriously f*cked up and I’m glad Q Rich had the guts to say something.
    Q Rich is one of my favorite players on this Knicks squad right now, because he’s an honest man. He doesn’t care what the hell the media thinks, he just goes out and plays and does what he thinks is best. Also, he’s been stepping it up when our two best players were traded away. That’s really respectable.

  • GGG

    Marbury’s best way to get back at them would be to play and put up decent numbers, then he would have the last laugh. Being a whiney b*tch will just make no other team make a play for him now or in the future (way too much baggage).

  • speedy

    It’s a hit in the face for every fan to have such a hustler in the organication.

  • http://www.myspace.com/freedmusic Fredd

    The most important question is, when would be clever ( or not ) to take him in our fantasy leagues …



  • http://www.nba.com iLL wiLL

    QBall is an streaky shooter. Streakier than my undy stains.

  • Garron

    Can’t they use this as a reason to suspend marbury? That way they can not pay him his ridiculous amount of money

  • http://www.tripljunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    think about this: How much would QRich hate marbury if he went to the Celtics next year..?? CRAZY.

  • http://www.myspace.com/hemantsbeats what

    D’Antoni did him wrong, but still, come on dude… you’re the 2nd highest player in the league, suck it up and play.

  • Matthew Lopez

    starbury shoud go to the blazers, he would give that great young team some much needed experience

  • http://www.basketballnonsense.com Melvin

    What is your problem asshole? damn marbury for who he is. I mean what is his training in the mountain ala Karl malone is all about then? It pisses me off a lot!

  • Alan Paul

    How could this all possibly not be grounds for just cutting him and not having to pay his contract? Aren’t there terms that have to be met on his end as well? This is ridiculous. Grow up. Anyone is paid to do a job, not to be happy. And he is paid insanely well.



  • snyper48

    I still have Slam’s Steph & KG cover and still remember his All Star performance on the best ASG ever,damn what a waste of talent.

  • Jack

    Haha $hit man. Good on Steph I reckon. When he was ready to play they said no, so it’s only fair he do the same.

  • GGG

    Its seems that (now out of his own choice) one of the highest paid players in the league will be playing one of the least games/minutes in the league…send this farker home…he needs to be home-schooled.

  • jaywhy

    marbury for a washing machine!

  • starbury&stevey

    @Theo Papaloukas…glad to see that starbury still has fan all over the world…!!!STARBURY!!!STARBURY!!!trade him for Chilldress!!!

  • nastierthanyou

    Pain for the city that needs him
    Pain for the baller with no consideration
    Pain for the point guard position
    I’ll still buy the clothin for my kids on christmas but I’ll do it with a heavy heart!

  • Crook

    Charles, I’m not saying Richardson didn’t have a right to say what he did I just think it’s funny/ironic that he would talk since he was upset that other players talk smack. ..Ryan T, if Marbury’s own teammates didn’t want to play with him it’s a great indication that he is the problem more so than the coaches/mgmt…Matt, The Blazers would be total idiot if they took Marbury. They have a nice YOUNG team that is learning together and they do NOT need someone like Marbury in the locker room. Again, if his current AND former teammates had a problem with his antics how do you think a YOUNG team would benefit from him? Everyone who has played with KG loved/loves him as a teammate and warrior except Marbury, they couldn’t get along so that speaks volumes!!! nuff said.

  • R.gar

    If I were Stephon I’d jump at the chance to play, if for no other reason than to get yourself seen and remind the fans as to why you were once worth 200 grand a game to the Knicks, oh and plus it’d be nice if he didn’t end his professional career on the bench.

  • chintao

    I never thought that I would say this, but Q-Rich = Uncle Tom. Basketball is big business. Richardson and the rest of the Knicks should be standing by Marbury.

  • chiguy

    let me get this straight – he’s being paid $20 million dollars, but has “earned the right” not to work because his “feelings” were hurt? and how many people lost their homes and jobs this year? what a disconnect. this bs drama is almost too mindf-ing too believe.

  • chintao

    ^ Oh, but you’re not criticizing the bankers who made bajillions off of subprime and precipitated this whole economic crisis? Please unplug from the matrix for a minute. There is no way to compare basketball life to real life, but if there were… Steph would be somebody getting tossed out of his house, and the Knicks would be Goldman Sachs, the Treasury Department, AND the Federal Reserve, ALL ROLLED INTO ONE.