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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  58 responses

Starbury, Live and Uncut

by Ben Osborne

My phone started blowing up last night around 10:45, with some serious urgency in the texts and emails I was getting. Did someone die? Was there a big trade?

Nope. It was Stephon Marbury giving the Internets the best entertainment money couldn’t buy last night. As Ball Don’t Lie put it: “Tuesday night, Stephon Marbury jumped on Ustream to answer a few questions. What started as a simple show marred by technical difficulties quickly turned into an epic two-hour Q&A rant still marred by technical difficulties. (Neither Marbs nor his ‘IT department,’ which consisted of a guy who looked like Hancock, ever got the video working.)”

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  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    When did he officially become a nut job? Does anybody remember when the “tipping point” for Nutty Steph was?

  • http://www.basketbrasil.com.br Rubens Borges

    so Ustream is the new Twitter?

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    We need another 4 page story in the mag to learn the details of this.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Jeff, I was reading Steph’s high school diary from SLAM 6(!) yesterday, and he’s pretty much the same dude.

  • FrenchKiss

    “Can I rap? Yeah, I can rap. But I don’t. Rap is just fast talking.”

    Words of a wise man haha

  • TC

    Steph is not interesting. He’s just incredibly stupid and big-headed.

  • tavoris

    how can you say that TC? that’s almost like saying Ron Artest isn’t interesting.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    My missing post better come through, if even late with the real timestamp. I copied to clipboard some other stuff in the meantime and lost it.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    the world’s greatest, with A.I. being the only guy that was able to come close to his level……when he (and the other cartoon) leave us for good,the NBA will never be the same again….a once in a lifetime genious.-

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Plus/Minus on Kosta Koufy posts here, I wager 19, 1/2 of them not on Marbury at all.
    % my 1st post shows up: 60%

  • SHERLOCK_FOAMS

    I can’t believe I missed this… I’m sure someone will upload it on youtube in next day or so though… Between this and the Lebron dunk tape surfacing, this is probably the most eventful morning of the postseason.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    I’ll just rewrite. UStream allows saving and archiving your shows. That IT guy-Hanc*ck look alike needs to get on that ASAP. Uploading from your John Stockton computer. Stockton > Mac and PC commercial guys. (* maybe auto-censored delete. Said “do it” last time too = no post?)

  • riggs

    dwights on ustream all of the time

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    I was listening at the time (I sent one of those emails to Ben). I don’t think he’s crazy. This is how he’s been for a decade, ever since I first met him. This is Steph, 100 pct. Everyone else is just afraid to be honest or say the wrong thing.

  • Marcel Mutoni

    I was listening/watching the stream as it happened (along with all of Twitter it seems), and helped compile a bunch of the quotes from Steph. I don’t know if he’s ‘crazy’, per se, but he I don’t think he’s all there either. That being said, though, Marbury keeps it realer than real.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    ^ You did willingly (have to?) ask him if he was influenced or subtly asked what was up with his original infamous youtube in studio appearance interview, in the great Marbury car ride tape though Lang. The thing with his hands and looking up, woah, crazy. Made for plenty an animated gif on the internet.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    So what Ben and Lang are saying is the “tipping point” for crazy Steph was the womb?!?

  • tavoris

    @ Kostas Koufos …firefox spell-checks your posts for you. Use it,so you won’t continue to sound like the idiot you are already confirmed to be.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @Blinguo….:i liked that but i am not in the mood today…on the other hand,me being in love with these 2 guys,well…you never know…!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    STARBURY!!!!STARBURY!!!!STARBURY!!!!STARBURY!!!!

  • JoeMaMa

    hahahah I love you Lang! Still reppin’ your boy till the last day!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    this happens all the time with kids…i answer to one of them (Blinguo) and the others(tavoris) feel underapreciated(correct this !!!!!)….come on, i love you all, you know that!!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    ….strange….

  • http://slamonline.com Lang Whitaker

    @Jeff Fox: Ask him yourself — go on his ustream next time…he’ll talk about anything you ask him.

  • E.

    Its always the same young haters talkin smack and not respecting he hood legends.Starbury averaged over 20 and about 8-9 assits for most of his career. All he gets remembered for is his last 2 years with the Knicks.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    I’m not a goofball kid, other people read what I post and know this. Please don’t make 2 posts directed at me as such for every one time I post your name. We read what you say and you sound the most childish, as well as very much over the top on your formatting like you’re instantly hyperactive at the drop of mentioning the infamous player names. 1 for 1 is fair though. But I don’t have a history of trying to give you a hard time as I know better. And direct all love mail to Doug Collins.

  • FrenchKiss

    Don’t forget the 3-4 dimes per game too.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @Blinguo…:you trying hard but i told you i ain’t in the mood…

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    SLAM isn’t the place to come to talk about your moods. But you seem the same as always, breaking the page with a one line copy paste all caps – that someone may have to fix thanks to you. I won’t treat you any differently when you mention what mood you are in, like I said, I don’t talk down to you. Don’t do so to me, lumping me in with someone who gave you more than my – all in fun jab at your expense. – And if this is all just a language, lost in translation problem. How about, I’m sorry and I am not your enemy here.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com DP

    Chris Bosh is pretty boring on ustream but it’s cool to see the players talk about what they do for fun and their workout routines. Rudy gay and kevin durant need to get one quick. Those guys are funny. play wit it.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I can’t see the vid but I love steph no matter what

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    “I’m telling you what it is: I know I’m the best point guard in the NBA. I don’t need anybody else to tell me that.”
    Oh yeah Lang, this dude TELLS IT LIKE IT IS!!!

  • underdog

    This guy needs to be in the L. next year.

  • K

    I’m with Lang and Bryan – I’m down with Steph til the end. Hope he ends up in Washington to reunite with Flip Saunders. Move Gil to the 2, start Marbury, Gil, Caron, Jamison, and Haywood – and run, run, run.

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

    He isn’t very smart, but at least he’s got a big ego. He doesn’t help teams win, but at least he’s crazy. He doesn’t get minutes, but at least he gets pages.

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  • larrylegend

    put up, or shut up, steph.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Myles Brown

    Is Stephs IT team taking applications? I dont know anything about computers, but I doubt that would be a problem.

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    Didn’t Dave Chappelle note that calling somebody “crazy” is one of the worst insults you can dish out? It allows you to completely ignore the substance of anything they say because you’ve decided that don’t possess the intelligence to speak on anything.
    I think we should be careful calling Marbury crazy. Nothing I read in the excerpts on Yahoo Sports sounded crazy.
    His comments about Stockton, for instance, were absolutely true.

  • Izzo

    While I agree with Allenp(and Dave Chappelle) that calling someone crazy is dismissive,the following is a bit crazy:”I’m telling you what it is: I know I’m the best point guard in the NBA. I don’t need anybody else to tell me that.”

  • Izzo

    Other than that quote,nothing else on the Yahoo post is any of the following things ‘crazy’ ‘Starbury being Starbury’,'Steph keeping it real’ or newsworthy.He just sounded like a basketball player talking about basketball.

  • Diggidy

    I remember hearing Steve (MVP) Nash saying that he wasn’t the best point guard in the league and That Steph would kill him if he had to guard him alone. I just wish Steph would buckle down and show us all why the only pg that he can’t stop or kill at will is Allen Iverson. Do ya thang Steph!

  • http://slamonline.com John D

    • “John Stockton is a computer. He’s playing chess with you. He’s doing stuff to you before it even happens.”

    • “We gotta bring the haters over. Once we bring ‘em over, we goin’ overpopulate.”

    • “Eddie House’s kid is funny as hell.”

    • “Mandarin is gonna be the language in 15-to-20 years.”

    • “I’m telling you what it is: I know I’m the best point guard in the NBA. I don’t need anybody else to tell me that.”

    • “Can I play lacrosse? Yeah, I can play lacrosse. Jim Brown played lacrosse.”

    • “I’m not doing a movie like Bassy … yet. I got a movie coming out Christmas Day. Brooke Shields is in it.”

    • “Danny Ainge, as a player, was a killer.”

    • “That’s not bling! These are angel wings around my neck!”

    • “How did I hurt the Knicks? Tell me how I hurt the Knicks. (pause) Exactly. (laughs) The Knicks hurt you!”

    • “Dwyane Wade, you don’t guard him. You try to contain him.”

    • “Can I rap? Yeah, I can rap. But I don’t. Rap is just fast talking.”

    • “It’s not easy. There’s a lot of games you want to sit down, but something keeps you going.”

    • “That is bull [expletive]. [Expletive] … bull. Bull [expletive]. Sheeeeeeeeeet.”

    • “Nothing wrong with wanting to go home.”

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    Izzo
    We all know that athletes have outsized egos. Starbury saying he’s the best in the league, even though we know he’s not, is just him psyching himself up similar to the way lots of players do. Does it make him “crazy” to have an inflated opinion of himself?
    If that’s the standard, then 99 percent of humanity is crazy.

  • Izzo

    As an objective statement it is crazy.As I’ve already pointed out, I don’t think he’s crazy,just an ego-maniac, but as you said what’s so new about pro athletes being egomaniacs? Having said that, I don’t find him very entertaining,either. I mean how condescending are the ‘Starbury,you so craz-ay’ comments? He’s become a cartoon.

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    That was so fun last night. Marbury was just a one-man show. And when it was time to get serious, he answered questions honestly and frankly. What a breath of fresh air that was with all the garbage on the internet. The best line of the night was when he told the tech-guy, “Rondo will have a jumpshot by the time you get this going..!” Thx Starbury.

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

    I want Starbury on my NBALive custom team so bad right now.

  • http://www.slamonline.com 12

    i dont get it…where can i see the video

  • Ajo

    Steph = Brooklyn’s Ron Artest

  • chintao

    Best wishes to Steph for a speedy renaissance.

  • http://www.redsarmy.com KobeWearsAPurpleThong

    @12 UStream doesn’t have archives, so as far as I know, you can’t. Here’s the link if you want to check out the next version of “HaveAtIt..”
    http://www.ustream.tv/channel/have-at-it

  • Joe A

    According to his twitter, he’s gonna be doing a 24 hour “twitterbury” on ustream from 6 am friday tos 6 am saturday.

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    I got love 4 starburry, he’s always been an over the top cat, but also your average round the block dunnie. So i don’t understand whats with all the suprise! Steph is crazy talk. It’s called personality he’s always had plenty.

  • steph “starbury”

    ya’ll know im the best pg out there! spread tha word!

  • steph “starbury”

    ya’ll know im the best pg out there! spread the word!

  • Ya Boy

    I really wish I was at home watching ustream. Some of that kush along with Stephon will equal the funniest day and night ever!

  • BostonBaller

    Steph has better career numbers than some we consider HOFers, Steph does speak his mind which is refreshing for an athlete. Steph can be a bit out there but so can we all at time except we don’t have cameras and mics around. If Steph went to a decent team and they handed over the keys to him he could make some noise. The craziest thing about Steph is his tats and most athletes have some ink that they will regret later in life.

  • Izzo

    Forget everything I’ve ever said. Ever.

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