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Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  38 responses

Stephon Marbury Critical of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire Duo


Former Knicks point guard, the immortal Stephon Marbury, happens to be a critic of New York’s star duo. Marbury, like anyone else who’s ever watched a Knick game, doesn’t believe that Anthony and Stoudemire mesh well together on the court. From ESPN: “Amare needs a point guard like Steve Nash (to thrive). He’s a pick-and-roll guy, a pick-and-pop guy. He can’t play in the half court where everything’s slowed down,’ Marbury said. When asked if he thought Anthony and Stoudemire could flourish together, Marbury said flatly, ‘Nope.’ [...] Marbury brings a unique perspective to the debate. He played with Stoudemire in Phoenix during the 2002-03 season and for 34 games the next season before Marbury was dealt to the Knicks. He also spent five mostly rocky years with the Knicks. In addition to his thoughts on Stoudemire, Marbury also questioned the Knicks’ motivation in obtaining Anthony. New York executed a three-team blockbuster deal to bring Anthony in from Denver in February 2011. ‘I don’t know if (Knicks owner James) Dolan brought him in to win games or to make money,’ Marbury said. ‘I think it was to make money.’ Marbury, though, says Anthony is the Knicks’ best player and the team should be built around his strengths. Anthony is a skilled passer but also thrives in isolation. This style clashed at times with ex-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo system. Current Knicks coach Mike Woodson seemed more comfortable putting the ball in Anthony’s hands in the low and mid-post and letting him operate in isolation after he took over in late March. ‘You knew what he was when you got him,’ Marbury said of Anthony. ‘Let him do what he does.’”

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  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Given how he underperformed in NY, why would anyone take anything he has to say about the Knicks seriously? He had a great opportunity to lead his city and his team to being a winning squad and didn’t do it. At least Melo has taken on the challenge and hasn’t shied away. Neither has Amar’e. As for letting Melo do what he does, how did that work in Denver? Didn’t work in Denver, won’t work in NY. The only valid point Marbury has is NY did know what they were getting when they got him. At this point, he is a bad fit with Amar’e. We’ll see how this season goes. But getting rid of bad habits at this point in a guy’s career isn’t easy. I never did see a need for getting Melo. That team before the trade was playing very well with a slimmer, more motivated Raymond Felton playing at an almost All-Star level with Amar’e as an MVP candidate.

  • spit hot fiyah

    why do slam writers keep on refering to players as immortal?

  • Feez_22

    i surprisingly agree with marbury. Yes, he underperformed in ny but marbury has played long enough to know nba systems and compatibility between players.

  • danpowers

    especially because he underperformed and didnt mesh with his backcourt partner steve francis he knows what he is talking about and speaks from experience

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Marbury hooped hard for the Knicks. He was just a flawed player. But it wasn’t like he quit on the team, at least not that I saw.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    what Marbury did while he was on the Knicks is so completely irrelevant to this.
    .
    What he said is pretty much spot on, as our friend Ryan Jones said on twitter, “even a broken clock that eats vaseline is right twice a day” – obviously the vaseline part doesn’t make sense, but we are talking about Stephon Marbury….what do you expect?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    probably because how he performed for New York doesn’t have anything to do with this….

  • ctk

    People kill me with they cant work together talk …they matchup fine with every team n the East EXCEPT Miami ….Melo can flatout out perform every 3 n the East except Bron ..If u move Melo to the 4 so will Bron ..ONLY team that can do that ..Chandler cant guard the rim cuz Bosh can shoot from the midrange

  • LakeShow

    You still didn’t explain how STAT and Melo can work well together…

  • Its going down

    The Immortal Stephon Marbury…i love it!

  • brad09″

    if you honestly think these two can co exist and play at their highest level, you need to watch more basketball. Clearly you dont have the knowledge to speak on such topics.

  • 1982

    It’s not about how much combined talent you think they have as individual players, it’s about how they can play together in the same offensive set, not to mention how they can both play only average man-to-man defense and expect to stop other teams.

  • 1982

    Everyone here under performed and never made it to any NBA summercamps, so I guess all opinions are moot.

  • roscoe

    bc they like chuck norris?

  • roscoe

    The pressure is on the NY squad to perform or there is going to be a fire sale at the 2013 trade deadline.
    If a cow jumps over the moon, the Nets come out hot, & Lin is successful in HOU and the NY struggles this team is going to get eaten alive by the media.

  • Redd

    He is right, I don’t think Felton of Kidd can abridge that gap either. It’ll take compromise, let Melo play his isolations and let Amare hit his quick shots & play his game with Kidd/Felton while Melo is off the court. Manage their reps so they can both play their game effectively.

  • danpowers

    the problem is that woodson is very stubborn on that. he didnt want to hear anything about stat playing the 6th man for ny so far

  • roscoe

    kidd just played with one of these best iso players in the game… Dirk & played w/ Tyson. Don’t be so sure kidd won’t make the difference.
    As far as the donut eater, Felton, I have no comment.

  • roscoe

    woodson stubborn?! what are you drinking? woodson’s role is to do whatever melo wants. woodson is the valet who encourages d-fense but never dictates.
    when woodson wakes up in the morning he looks in the mirror and says, “what can i do for melo today?”
    correct me if I am right.

  • Redd

    But Kidd cannot bridge the gap between Melo and Amare, PERIOD.

  • Rainman

    Why would u need correcting if you’re right?

  • Redd

    Dirk and Melo isn’t the same player or personality.

  • ernieD

    Knicks have been good at fronting, but never seem to back it up by the end. Last year ended as another bad joke. Rooting for Brooklyn to win the battle for the Apple. Who else is on board?

  • roscoe

    idk… kidd is more than good he is a smart player. I think we both agree NY better figure it out or things are going to change.
    imo the NY roster will get changed at the trade deadline, but amare’s knee & back will make it tough to move him.

  • roscoe

    good point, but I still believe kidd has the tools needed for ny. His ability to create good flow by passing, penetrating, & shooting the 3 will pull the defense away from melo making his life easier.
    Lin was a tough fit with melo bc Lin’s game starts and ends in the paint which is where melo operates or at least where melo needs that space to operate posting up.
    Another way to look at it is kidd has a ring, has been in the league for over a decade, is proven, is a pg authority to some degree, and is respected by his peers which will get Melo to buy into the team concept when the ball is in kidd’s hands which btw melo refused to do with Lin on the floor.

  • roscoe

    I wouldn’t. lol. thank me.

  • roscoe

    i think your missing the fact these guys are professional basketball players. amare needs to defer to melo.
    if was around amare i would tell him melo is the man in Ny & that in order to be successful he needs to mirror his game after Nene’s game when melo & nene played in DEN

  • Redd

    You think they’ll trade him? Idk, I doubt that. They’ll try to move him IF they feel he won’t be a consistent factor & they have a suitor ASAP. Or else, they know they’ll upset the fanbase & team.

  • Redd

    Yeah, true but Kidd is on the decline now, he can’t do the same things he once did. Also, I feel his DUI situation will subconsciously decrease the respect he’d get.

  • roscoe

    @redd: Kidd is declining, but like Andre Miller, Kidd stays on the ground, and using his strength which is exactly what he did in DAL. All Ny needs is kidd to play at a high level the 6 minutes in the 4th in games.
    So, you assume nba players have moral standards & ethical expectations for each other. That would be nice.

  • roscoe

    @redd: I do believe Ny will move amare, call me crazy.
    Idk about the Ny fans loving amare either. Is he a big fan fav?
    After getting rid of Lin Ny management proved they don’t concern themselves w/ the fanbase. The thing that boggles me about Lin is they did not get anything in return. No sign & trade. He just walked bc Melo did not want him around as much as Ny has spun the story.

  • juice
  • http://www.facebook.com/nic.hype Nic The-Jaguar Hype

    how is marbury flawed? he was sick

  • http://twitter.com/thabigbadwolf Mell Carandang

    Melo did thrive when he was the focal point in Denver. The only thing that needs to be worked on is his supporting cast. Which is a thumbs up since they greatly improved with their acquisitions this off season. Melo and Amare working together? I don’t see anything wrong with it. They played okay together last season. They should thrive because now they have more time to gel since they’ll have a full training camp together. Don’t want to write them off just yet. Amare out of the payroll will work wonders for this knicks team. Its either they mesh or they break em off before the deadline.
    People saying amare can’t be traded? Should think again. If Joe Johnson can be traded, so does amare. I bet the GS Warriors can and trade him for David Lee and some pieces.
    Lets just support NY and see where this team takes us. And if doesnt, im sure chris paul woudnt mind moving to NY with an open cap space after. :-)
    Keep on believing NY. Knicks are way better than the Nets. GO KNICKS!

  • Rainman

    You said “correct me if im right” so i was just wondering.

  • roscoe

    @rainman: No worries… i gotcha. Roscoe = punk sometimes.

  • blackthought

    and i thought marbury lost his brain somewhere along the way…he`s 100% right on that one, dump amare & that rediclious contract of his. they played ok – but ok is not enough, especially in the big apple. (the nyk are goin` to be the 2nd best team in nyc!) @ctk: ever heard of the celtics? the knicks been stinkin`since `99, and will for a long time. melo is a decent player, but not even the 2nd best sf in the east. and with these contracts they are handin`out (overpayin`4 nearly every player), they will be a medicore team for a long time…

  • blackthought

    and i thought marbury lost his brain somewhere along the way…he`s 100% right on that one, dump amare & that rediclious contract of his. they played ok – but ok is not enough, especially in the big apple. (the nyk are goin` to be the 2nd best team in nyc!) @ctk: ever heard of the celtics? the knicks been stinkin`since `99, and will for a long time. melo is a decent player, but not even the 2nd best sf in the east. and with these contracts they are handin`out (overpayin`4 nearly every player), they will be a medicore team for a long time…

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