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

by September 21, 2012

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.'”