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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 at 11:00 am  |  20 responses

Bill Russell Blames the Knicks for Marbury’s Issues

For Steph, this is one of the perks of being gainfully employed by the Celtics: “If it’s up to the team, he’ll have a positive effect,” the 75-year-old NBA legend told The Post yesterday at the NBA Store in midtown. “But you don’t know how much he’s been damaged psychologically playing here.” ‘Here’ of course, is with the Knicks, where his rocky tenure came to a disastrous end when it became clear that coach Mike D’Antoni had no intention of playing him and team president Donnie Walsh long refused to buy him out of his $21 million contract. When asked if he thought the point guard indeed had been ‘damaged psychologically’ by the Knicks, Russell said: ‘He may have been. No matter how strong you are, that kind of stuff that went on this season was so ridiculous.’”

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  • http://www.fap.com nate the great

    first.

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I can tell you he’s been psychologically damaged long before last year.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    In fairness, Bill Russell blames the Knicks for everything. Global warming? Knicks. Economic collapse? Knicks. Alzheimer’s? Knicks. Dom DeLuise dying? Knicks.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    Yeah getting paid a tenth of a billion dollars to do nothing for a year must be devastating.

  • kwame

    for me…when a great player speaks…i don’t really critisize…he’s older, wiser, and knows more about basketball than me…so i feel that if he says this, it can’t be completely untrue

  • chris

    Knicks are ridiculous…Who knew?

  • chris

    Well other than Bill Russell

  • http://www.slamonline.com eddiehouseonfire

    Stephon is an idiot, but the Knicks handled that situation completely wrong. They should have bought him out or let him play at the start of the season.

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

    I hate to say it, but I really like Starbury now that he doesn’t play for the Knicks. He might be a headcase, but he’s still a decent player. I think Bill Russell has a point in blaming NY. After all, he was forced to play for Isiah Thomas, who quite frankly isn’t even qualified to coach the Dallas Academy girls team. Making one your best players ride the bench for months on end will seriously screw up a guy

  • http://www.okayplayer.com doyouwantmore

    All those comments make sense but we’re talking about a tenth of a billion dollars. Take ten seconds to contemplate that number. The Knicks have given a guy a tenth of a billion dollars to play a little bit of basketball and go through some hard contract negotiations. If that’s psychological damage I gotta get me some of that.

  • Ken

    In Russell’s defense, the Knicks actually DID kill Dom.

  • http://www.ballislife.com/ Moose

    One of the “Perk”s. Haha. Not quite Russell.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    Sure the Knicks jerked him around a bit, but I really can’t muster much sympathy for the guy.

  • chris

    finally…somebody sees it my way…its been the knicks the whole time.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    @ doyouwantmore, he did not make a tenth of a billion dollars. They paid him 21 million to stay away. Thats gotta hurt, the money is gonna be there no matter what the day after he signed the contract.

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

    stop saying ‘a tenth of a billion dollars’?!?

  • http://www.okayplayer.com doyouwantmore

    Sorry anything over ten million bucks is basically an abstract concept to me. I was under the impression he’s made around 90 million or something.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    So Bill Russ. read Lang’s article transcript? Sweet.

  • chintao

    There is no price for being told you can’t play for your hometown squad, even though you easily are the most talented person on the roster.

  • Tavoris

    Mike D handled the situation HORRIBLY. And the Knicks really expected Marbury 2 sell himself short and come off some money.

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