Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  54 responses

Shawn Marion to Media: Stop ‘Distracting’ Me With Your Trade Rumors

by Marcel Mutoni

In this age of the 24-hour news cycle, we sometimes forget that the players we write and read about on a daily basis are human beings like the rest of us, with real feelings and emotions.

Take Shawn Marion, for instance, whose name appears in trade talks virtually every other day. Shawn is (rightfully) tired of being incessantly asked about the possibility of wearing a different uniform.

From the Palm Beach Post:

“I’m actually tired of it,” he said tersely after practice. “I’m really tired of it. It’s very distracting. I’m trying to focus on what I’m trying to do here and I keep getting bombarded with all this other stuff.”

“Of course it’s going to have an affect on anybody because ya’ll keep bringing it up and asking,” he said. “If nobody brings it up and nobody talks about it, it’s not going to be an issue. Think about it.”

What’s funny (and sad) is that, throughout his career, Marion has had no issue with telling the media just how unhappy he was with a certain a situation, which of course only invited more questions about trades.

It’s the nature of the beast, Shawn. You’ll just to learn to live with it.

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  • Harlem_World

    This is the guy who was actually saying he was one of the best SF’s of all time…wow.

  • Todd Spehr

    Well, I dodged a bullet! I asked him about it Sunday night in OKC and he just said “It’s a business” and we awkwardly moved on… phew…

  • Ken

    Effect, not Affect.

  • Harlem_World

    If Marions game was a business, his half court offense has been in a ‘downturn’ for so long, its now officially a depression.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Media to Shawn Marion: “Stop ‘whining’.”

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I just have no sympathy for this guy when it comes to the “business side” of the game. His whining and preening in Phoenix was so ridiculous. And now that he’s had a chance to show what a “great player” he is, he’s basically fallen flat on his face. Take your ludicrous contract and you Florida mansion and, honestly, just be happy no one figured out how limited you wrwe as a player before breaking the bank. I mean, he can say whatever he wants about trades and whatnot, I just don’t have ANY sympathy for him in that regard.

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

    Couldn’t the Coming of Tan have taken Shawn with him?

  • http://myspace.com/arodakaroman and1ballermj2350

    Leave the Matrix alone! Just let him do his thing and ask management and front office ppl about trade talks not him. They are the ones that will pull the trigger wether he consents or not. I’m sure you all will all find out if he gets traded before he does

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

    Fans to Shawn Marion: “Stop distracting us with that ugly jumpshot.”

  • Keith

    Marcel: Stop distracting him with this article.

  • Jackie Moon

    The media should just tell Shawn “earmuffs” when they want to talk trade.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Media to Shawn Marion : Then stop asking to be traded.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JulsMW0rQTk nbk

    Dear Mr. Marion if your going to be payed 15 million dollars a year, to suck, we will ask you whatever the F**k we want

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I just want shawn marion to shut the f*ck up already.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Media 1, Shawn Marion 0

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

    Didn’t Nashty and Amare ask this same favor of him a couple of years back? Karma is a biatch.

  • http://slamonline.com Tzvi T

    Loved him for what he was, not what he is. Let your game talk, ex-Matrix.

  • http://fdsklf.com Jukai


  • Teddy-the-Bear

    haha @ Todd Spehr.

  • riggs

    somewhere steve nash is chuckling

  • Dikembe Mutombo Mpolondo Mukamba Jean-Jacques Wamutombo

    he is actually a really good player

  • http://www.bbl.org.uk Josh D

    The Matrix won’t be happy until he is the main guy on a team

  • S. Trotter

    I don’t know. It seems like people are posting that he shouldn’t have feelings. I was not aware being well paid meant you couldn’t have any feelings. Further, he didn’t run down a reporter to tell him this, someone asked him how felt about being asked about it all the time. He just honestly said he is tired of it.

  • http://www.bebotbebot.com 007

    tur waht trotter said. sometimes enuf is enough.

  • http://www.commuto.com SteveA

    The only way Matrix become the main guy on a team is if Miami send him to the D-league. He can average 30 pts there and be happy.

  • $tev3

    I like him but i mean cmon just play

  • Tower

    Well said @ trotter
    It’s a ridiculous argument to make, that just because he makes alot of money he has no right to talk he’s feelings.
    Yeah shawn ain’t the baller he used to, but he don’t have the team to make him either. Any run and gun player who plays with Steve Nash are a step ahead.

  • Young Chris MP3

    LMAO at Jackie Moon’s 12:07 comment.

  • dma

    i’m going to feel sorry for whoever signs him to the midlevel next year for 5 years…

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Hmm. I don’t think this is about having feelings or being well paid. It’s just tremendously ironic for Shawn to be blaming the media for distracting him with incessant trade rumours when Shawn Marion himself was once, as Marcel wrote, the cause of many of such rumors himself.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Putting money aside, Shawn effectively whined his way out of Phoenix, and was very vocal in IMPLYING that he was unhappy with his position in the Suns – all this while through the key coupla seasons where the Suns’ hopes of a championship were brightest. He broke a good thing. Marion is a very good all-round player, but I think he has an inflated sense of how good he is offensively. That chest shot of his only really works when you’re really, really open… which he hasn’t been since he left the Phoenix system. Funnily enough, we all saw this coming the minute he got trade to Miami.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    Marion also said last week that he is unhappy because he is not getting enough shots? Why are you being sympathetic because he answered a question. A true professional should have brushed the question off along with the Rumors. He simply should have stated Rumors are Rumors there is nothing I can do about them. His complaining that Trade Rumors are affecting him is a cop-out excuse. When he was in Phoenix he was asked about the trade rumors and he said that stuff does not affect him on the court. For the first time in his career Marion is an underachieving player in a system that does not compliment his skills so he has to find something else to draw attention from the fact that he really is not that good. He is overpayed and whining, whether he was asked to whine or not….

  • The Promise

    He needs to stay where he is, and he knows it. He is they key to the Heat getting back to the playoffs. Don’t trade him. You will never get the best end of the deal.

  • http://allday-fadeaway.blogspot.com nbk

    He has no barring on them making the playoffs he is less valuable then Michael Beasley at this point….But you are right Prom – the heat should not trade him, especially for JO, sh*t if they do that then why did they trade Shaq in the first place? Plus marion’s contract expires regardless and during a financial crisis like the one in america there is nothing better then 16 million dollars back in your pocket.

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

    He was the ultimate benefactor of being a wing man under Nash’s pg production. Now… He’s just another player.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    CAN WE STOP WITH THE ‘NASH MADE MARION’ COMMENTS ALREADY? Look at his career stats pre-Nash and with Nash. Then come back to me. I’ll wait.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    @Z: Marion’s numbers pre-Nash were already decent; he was already a 20-10 small forward without Nash. Nash didn’t make Marion. That’s a valid statement. Nash’s impact was such that other guys like Amare, Joe Johnson etc. had career numbers too, while Marion’s numbers didn’t suffer one bit.

  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Can you really, honestly say that the Miami offense is more suitable for a guy like Shawn Marion to thrive in than the Phoenix offense was?

  • Dubya

    Z: Nash made Marion. Dude sucks. He’s an ugly mug who needs to step his game up if he wants to talk to the media. Marion stop distracting me and leave the league.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    Dubya, i am not so sure about that. Marion was doing good before Nash arrived in Phoneix. I would say the offense the Suns ran made Marion more than Nash, because Shawn was doing it big Pre-Deux Canadian MVP era in Phoneix.

  • ClydeSays

    Ooof. How many NBA players find themselves on a team and a system that fits their skills? That was Marion on the Suns. Oh, and he was one of the highest paid players in the NBA. But that wasn’t good enough for Shawn. He complained until they had no choice but to trade him.

    Now he’s Mr. Expiring Contract. Sad.

  • floe

    shawn is fckin emo!

  • http://www.kayceonline.com/blog/ Kevin

    ^ best comment in this thread..

  • http://slam.com matrix

    First and foremost, whomever it was that elected to right this article should certainly take some grammar lessons. Secondly, Shawn Marion, statistically, is one of the greatest SF of all time. I live in Phoenix and will never again be a Suns fan due to how unloyal they are as an organization. For 3 years straigh there were trade rumors involving Shawn Marion. Undoubtedly this would be frustrating as a player. Thus, prompting a request to leave Phoenix. In Miami you have one of the most electrifying players ever in Dwayne Wade who is no Steve Nash when it comes to distributing the ball, but consider this, Shawn put up the same exact numbers well before Nash got to Phoenix. That being said as long as he gets the ball he is extremely productive. Couple this with his defense, he is a force. I would be frustrated in Miami coming from a winning team like the Suns and you feel like what you have to offer could be a major difference maker in the wins column for the Heat. In conclusion, look at how the Suns are without him, nowhere near where they would have been with him, and look at what happens in Miami when they give him the ball. Matrix all day everyday!!!

  • donlaker

    i love shawn’s game also ,the suns treated him like he was an illegal alien comming across the border. shawm you might want to trade your jumshot
    for going to the rim and getting fouls. d wade is close by , you and him should be putting up 30+ points and dub dub’s every night
    shake of the (lakers) i mean haters and ball like you did early in your career

  • http://docfunk.blogspot.com Doc Funk

    You guys better stop. Shawn locked himself in his room, turned out the lights, lit some candles, and put on some Kanye. You better apologize before he starts writing poetry.

  • Nbk

    Matrix you are just a biased shawn Marion fan who did not take any stock in what the organization and players were saying about Marion, you are even ignoring how HE asked to be traded over and over again, you
    Don’t mention how he complained about
    His shot attempts the year after Nash got an MVP and amare had a career year even though Marion played the most minutes and GOT THE MOST SHOTS, I live in phoenix too open your senses stop being ignorant

  • vtrobot

    Matrix without Steve is exactly like K-Mart without JKidd. Not quite the same and not quite worth the contracts those PG’s greatly assisted (yeah, pun) in securing.


    Hed loook good in that new rapotrs alternate jersey eh? ;)

  • donlaker

    good point vtrobot.. lil penny without shaq?

  • Andy

    Anyone remember when Shaq for Marion was seen as a bad move by the Suns?

  • Andy

    “First and foremost, whomever it was that elected to right this article should certainly take some grammar lessons.”


  • http://slam.com MATRIX

    vtrobot & NBK: I can apprieciate anyones opinion. No doubt about it. You missed my point entirely about what prompted the complaining in Phoenix to begin with. And that was that well before he even asked to be traded, for years they were shopping him across the league. Nobody wants to go to work and have their boss talking about potentially miving them to the mail room with no commission.(analogy!!: being traded to a team with no playoff hopes). This would be upsetting to hear year after year. And, the trade “was” absolutely horrible for the Suns. They have diminished while the Heat are doing better…? Or do you not see that? The Suns had an opportunity befoe that season even started to trade Amare in a three team deal that would have landed KG!!! with the Suns. Answer me this, WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE SHAQ AND AMARE OR SHAWN AND KG IN A RUN AND GUN TYPE OF OFFENSE WHERE TWO OF YOUR BEST PLAYERS ARE ALSO TWO OF THE BEST DEFENDERS IN THE NBA!?! This trade was just the icing on the cake for me as a fan. My hope for the Suns really began to deteriorate when they LET Joe leave and then traded Q.

  • HeatFan

    This guy sucks, we need a big man and not that soft p*s*y J. O’Neal, either. The guy who wrote this article also blows. Epic fail.