Every weird storyline and painful vignette seeping from New York's 1-0 start can be traced back to Stephon Marbury. The current laugh-o-rama (that's sarcastic) has to do with the theory that Mike D'Antoni called Knicks fans "a--holes" for chanting for some Starbury during a blow-out. The line in question, according to some lip-reading from the New York Post's Marc Berman, goes like this:
"You've got to be (bleeping) kidding me. You've got to be (bleeping) kidding me. What a bunch of (bleep) holes."
D'Antoni and others with the team insist the referees were the (bleep)holes. Still, D'Antoni did admit his curiosity as to why fans do chant for Starbury, saying that sometimes fans don't get it.
The Knicks have to know by now no one will trade for Marbury this season. Sure, he's a giant expiring contract. But the Knicks won't be taking back long-term salary in an exchange, and few teams have the right combination of desire to employ the league's most volatile point guard and $20 million in dead expiring contracts.
So, there's only one real way to fix the problem: waive Marbury.
Knicks owner James Dolan is opposed to that idea. Of course he is. The New York Daily News reports Dolan vetoed a Marbury buy-out. The philosophy behind that, apparently, is that Dolan is tired of paying personnel for nothing.
Earth to Dolan, come in Dolan: Starbury is doing nothing right now! He could not do less to earn his salary, actually. Further, he is a source of angst for your star coach, your new front office and potentially your other players. And by waiving him, you could pick up another player who might actually be able to help. If D'Antoni won't play him, you might as well sign that check, holmes.
How to Ensure Stephon Marbury is No Longer a Distraction in One Easy Step originally appeared on NBA FanHouse on Fri, 31 Oct 2008 11:32:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.