Friday, January 2nd, 2009 at 10:00 am  |  76 responses

Marbury and KG: Together Again?

by Marcel Mutoni

On their way to their first title in 22 seasons last year, the Boston Celtics made some pretty shocking personnel moves. Well, if the rumors are to be believed, it appears as though they’re about to do it again.

According to ESPN‘s Marc Stein and his sources, the defending champs are serious about signing Stephon Marbury. All that’s stopping this unholy union from happening right now is Marbury negotiating a buyout with the Knicks – something that has proven to be rather difficult, as you know all too well.

Although it has been widely assumed that Celtics forward Kevin Garnett would resist a reunion with the controversial point guard — after Marbury broke up their Minnesota parternship in less than three seasons together by forcing a trade to New Jersey — one Celtics source insists that Garnett has voiced no opposition to the idea of signing Marbury for the rest of the season to strengthen Boston’s backcourt depth behind starters Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen.

When asked specifically about the likelihood of Marbury joining the Celtics this season, the source predicted that “it will happen.”


The idea of Celtics fans gritting their teeth after being forced to accept Stephon Marbury as one of their own makes me very happy for some odd reason. But not quite as much as the possibility that Steph could somehow be involved in the title chase this season. Simply amazing.

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


  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    Please! That would be so sick haha.

  • rob stewart

    Where AMAZING happens!

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I wouldn’t sell the move short. Steph would be highly motivated, Doc would keep him on a short leash if he acts out and KG, Paul and Ray would have his respect and between him and Rondo, if they saw time together, they’d be the fastest backcourt in the league.

  • http://nyer.sosblog.com Be A Real Fan

    Stephon has a history of making teams better…after he leaves. That doesn’t bode well for a repeat trip to the chip for the C’s. I hope this goes through for the C-hater in me.

  • rikson

    NOOOOOO!!! What kind of world would reward that behavour with a title run -> geeez

  • Captain America

    Will Marbury turn in his Starbury skull tat for a Shamrock?

  • Captain America

    Right, Eboy, like Ricky Buckets and Mel Blount were going to save the Heat last year? he-he

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Even in a new year, the Capt. is a non-knowing idiot. To explain, no, you moron, the Heat weren’t going to do sh*t last year or were they expected to. The Celts ARE the champs, regardless of what the SLAM site says. With a motivated presence (like PJ Brown last year) their minor shortcomings can be alleviated and Steph would be the proper FU provider to the rest of the league who’s laughed at and doubted him.

  • stormfya

    Wow! Shambury. But, seriously, Marbury’s addition will slow the Celtics down right now. I’m all for Cleveland, but Boston will lose a lot of ground in Jan and Feb, especially when it comes to Western road games. The adjustment would be difficult given the personalities of Marbury and Pierce (forget about KG).

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

    I really hope this happens.

  • http://reflex.com Reflex

    I really really hope this happens.

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

    If you’re Steph, and you know the C’s are interested, don’t you say “enjoy the $3 mil,” grab your lightly diminished check, and hop the first thing smoking to Beantown? Oops, there I go using logic again.

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

    Anyway, I hope he continues to hold out for the full amount, the Celtics bring someone else in (like Allan Houston or Steve Francis), and Steph has to go play for Head Automatica or one of those other Euroleague bottom feeders. At least the fans at MSG don’t throw batteries.

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

    Russ hasn’t been to MSG lately.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    some green starburys would be dope.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    i like Russ’s idea of Allan Houston/Steve Francis more. But i am sure everybody with a heart wants Antonie Walker, or maybe even Joe Smith?

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

    ^They should definitely pick up Shimmy.

  • http://chodrawings.blogspot.com/2008/01/pen-and-ink-portraits-nba-basketball.html M Cho

    Anything is possible!!

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

    Joe Smith ain’t getting bought out. And the C’s need a guard, not a shimmier. Does this mean Sammy the Balls is finished, by the way?

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    hopefully, he didnt play that great last year. Retire while your on top, ET.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    just the thought of Paul Pierce and Antonie winning a ring together though. Who cares what they need, they could win it right now with this rotation they got going on. Why not add Antonie to it?

  • http://double-technical.blogspot.com Zee!

    EGGHCKKK!!! Like Pusha T from the Clipse.

  • vtrobot

    C’s should bring back Rick Fox and Pervis too.

  • Orlando Green

    Could only hope that Marbury screws up their team chemistry and the Lakers run away with the title…or the Rockets…

  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber


  • http://www.lkz.ch Darksaber

    so much for “ubuntu”. Good luck with that specific headcase Doc, you’ll probably retire by season’s end.

  • MalevolentKing7242

    Im not a Celtics fan but still for the good of the Cs and the leauge dont sign step. Doc will have a hedace and Boston chemestry… no more Ubuntu no more.

  • Joe

    Sorry, Gabe Pruitt

  • a_whiteman

    This needs to happen!!!!and if he starts to screw around, just send him home like walsh did lol. Get him and shimmy too!!!!!

  • Onions Baby Onions

    @ MalevolentKing: 1) Learn how to spell.
    2)You’re wrong.
    3)If this does happen, Slam NEEDS to do another Starbury/KG cover.

  • Captain America

    Huh, Eboy, a good memory is a b+itch and I got one. Where is your boy Buckets now, chump?

  • vegas

    i think if they do sign him it will fall through like it did with miles. You know they could pick up boozer this season too.

  • Orlando Green

    id love to see shimmy in bean town…

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    The Celtics are no longer good enough to repeat, Why would they sign him? He doesn’t fit in with their style, he’ll have to change his style completely, i never thought i’d say this, but whats wrong with Eddie House and Sam I am?

  • http://www.kicksonfire.com Anton

    Then Starbury would want to be a starter and all hell breaks loose.

  • http://www.slamonline.com mat smith

    gawd no, bad move, unless they want him for his great locker room presence, oh wait, I was watching NBA street series ankle breakers DVD today and even when he played for PHX he was a fruit and nut back then, slurring and using made up words.

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

    As a role player off the bench I think the C’s will be fine with Marbury. If they end up having to start him and play him big minutes for any reason, this will probably backfire.

  • http://slam Swish

    Celtic’s have to many sell out crowds. I don’t think they can find a seat for Starbury to sit in while he’s serving his many suspensions, unlike the the Madison Square Garden (aka Ghostown) lol

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I can’t believe the stupidity, basketball wise, most of you are exhibiting. Starting? Celts are no longer the favorites? Big minutes? Ya’ll really think that sh*t or just type it to get reactions? Steph would probably play 15 minutes a game, if that. He’d control tempo and knock down spot up J’s, something Rondo can’t do, and create shots off the dribble, something House is incable of since he love’s the three so much. Steph may be an all around idiot, but dude is still hugely talented and needs a spot where his skills can mesh with a squad, a veteran team with a players coach, like Boston.

  • http://www.slamonline.com John D

    Larry Bird is rollin over in his grave.

  • http://www.ravingblacklunatic.blogspot.com Big Man

    I like a rotation of Rondo, Steph and House. In that threesome you have a distributor, a scorer and a shooter. Depending on what the team needs on a given night or during a given situation it would work out fine.
    Russ is right though, I finally think Steph should give back more of his money. Maybe offer them $2 million and see what happens. Then he can take out all of his anger on the league by winning a ring with the Celtics.
    Those of y’all who think Steph is a bum really aren’t paying attention.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I miss Allenp. Big Man has no controversy around it.

  • j-smoov 5

    Go Starbury. Rooting for you all the way.

  • Brad

    I think if he does join Boston and that’s a big if!… but I think KG could keep him in-line.

  • Krishan

    He’s going to a finals-bound Boston team, and people are talking about how he’ll affect team chemistry. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty sure I can still remember how steph used to ball. And he’s still only 31. With a gigantic chip on his shoulder. There’s nothing but upside for the C’s in this deal.

  • MeloMan13

    it would be even better if the knicks got the 8th seed and the played the Celts in the playoffs. that wud b almost as gud as VC in t-dot

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    this is just like the darius miles experiment, which the celts can afford to do.
    still, seeing marbury in green may just be too much, even though i’m all for this to happen.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I know this is twisted and all but wouldn’t it be PURE COMEDY if Mike D just said ‘screw you, steph, you ain’t winning anything this year because i’m not buying you out. you’re on the DL for the rest of the year.’ That, my friends, would be fantastic.

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

    I think this would be fine. Infact if it goes through I’m taking Eboy and Russ to a playoff game in Bean town.

  • Dave

    Lol @ people saying the Celtics aren’t good enough to repeat. What planet are you on? There are only 3 teams with a shot to win and the Celtics are undeniably one of them.

    If Steph got bought out he’d get 20-25 minutes on Boston’s bench and take minutes away from Tony Allen and Eddie House. The last game Boston played, the bench combined for 9 points. Obviously some extra scoring on that putrid bench would be helpful.

    This goes one of two ways. #1 – Celtics sign Marbury as a backup. #2 – The knicks refuse to buy him out. Either way I’m happy, because it prevents the Lakers from signing Marbury (a prospect I’m rather frightened of as a Celtic fan)

  • tinchek

    they’ll be better with him.

  • Caleb

    But the Celtics lost a couple of games recently… that automatically means that they are no longer good enough. Forget the fact that the same people who say this believed that two weeks ago no one in the league could even hope to compete with the Celtics.

  • niQ

    the rebirth of starbury.

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

    Lil Shamrock…

  • Ignarus

    The C’s are a top team because they play ferocious team defense and have great chemistry. How does Marbury fit in with that? For anyone who thinks he’ll beef up the second unit, keep in mind that everyone will hate playing with him, including the first unit. KG has his hands full with Pierce, don’t do this to him.

  • http://thesportsdiaryonline.blogspot.com Roy

    I would have to agree with everything Eboy said. Though I’m not sure how Moose is gonna take this report on Marbury signing with the Celtics…

  • KA

    this move might actually make me root for celts. ugh.

    also between Sam and steph theyll have a backcourt tandem with the biggest heads in the league. be afraid!

  • hembergler

    As a Celtics fan, I’m pretty excited at this prospect. Between the Three Party and Doc, I think he can be kept in line. And the bench desperately needs some scoring.

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

    If the C’s pick up Marbury in, say, February, odds are that KG strangles him to death by March and Scalabreezy gets tabbed to dump his body in the maaash (word to Frank Costello).

  • Young Chris MP3

    I just hope he doesn’t disrupt the team’s ideology.

  • Young Chris MP3

    And Dacre, u can take me to a playoff game… I live in Boston. Those tickets are expensive tho, lol

  • I am the walrus

    Mabye if the Celtics sing Steph he could continue his streak of ruining great teams, all of a sudden the Celtics will lose the rest of the season after the sing Starbury…

  • krod

    KG : Nothing is iiimmmppoooosssiiiblllleeeeeeee!!!!!!

  • ClydeSays

    This might work for the C’s, but I don’t see the Knicks & Steph resolving their dispute anytime soon. Steph seems to want every penny of his contract and the Knicks don’t want to give it up.

  • jer

    noway do they need marbury they already have…..RONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNDDDOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • speedy

    I think boston is a team .
    …not really the best place for Marbury.

  • Stargazey

    Personally, I’d pay good money to see KG make Starbury cry on the bench.

    I am a resentful Knicks fan, though.


    I’m torn between the 2 scenarios. One one hand I am afraid of the huge baggage & locker room factor Marbury would bring with him even with a bunch of vets to balance him out (if that is at all possible) On the other hand Marbury probably still has a lot of really good ball left in him and would indeed have a chip on that tatooed shoulder.

    A few weeks ago I’d have said KG & company could handle him but with KG’s elevated unpredictability, Pierces’ increased self assesment of his own “greatness” and the rest of the guys yapp’n I don’t know…

    Marbury should take less money just to get out of Gotham unless he is lying about just wanting to play ball…If he comes to Boston I’ll root for him.

    T. Crook

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jack

    Yo, John D: Larry Bird died when? Your either dumb, or disrespectful.

  • Chris21

    Yeah that would be a pretty good signing, imagine how sick that would be, eddie house, rajon rondo and marbury, it dont get much better at the celtics pg.

  • rav

    can someone answer this question – if marbury isn’t willing to give up any money why should the knicks buy him out? if marbury was prepared to leave the remaining money on the table to leave i can understand why the knicks would let him go but he has a hell of a cheek to tell them about where he’s going to go and trying to paint himself out as the good guy in this by offering initially to leave $3m on the table if they release him, thus paying him $18m not to come to work!! and its not as if there’s any mutual respect between him and the knicks is there – tbh if i’m the knicks i’d let him rot and either buy him out after march 1 or just keep him there until the season ends and cut ties with him and await him to ruin his next team

  • BK

    yo i hope marbury goes to boston and wins a championship cause thats messed up how d’antoni treated him, not playing him in the beginning and ignoring him. and i’m from ny but wouldn’t mind seeing boston win it all, but only with marbury

  • Fred34

    Who did starbury blow in a past lifetime (or this one) to turn his karma around? He doesn’t deserve this trade – MN is rolling over in its grave right now – but it certainly would make BNtown a beast. Yikes – get ready Jordan farmer, can you handle steph?

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  • Koooooooobe

    Wouldn’t be that huge, h might get a few minuts, but Rondo is running the green machine and even if Starbury goes there, it is still Rondo.