Now What?

Lots of Starbury news this morning. Let’s get right to it. Marc Spears has the latest on the time frame:

Two NBA sources said that once the two-time All-Star clears waivers – which is expected to be Friday morning – he will sign with the Celtics for a prorated veteran minimum of $1.3 million for the rest of the season. If he signs Friday, he could be in uniform against Indiana that night.

Sounds good to me, especially since I have a ticket for Friday night’s game.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports isn’t a big fan of Marbury:

Yet, Marbury will make himself a spectacle with the Celtics. He’ll say stupid things and act the clown, and it won’t be long until Boston is measuring risk and reward with him. When the pressure gets too much for him, the burden of performance overwhelming, Marbury will do something to self-destruct.

Boston is selling a little of its soul, a little of its championship heritage, to take on Marbury as a mercenary.

Now, Starbury takes a deep breath and starts on his way to the Boston Celtics. Deep down, he’s terrified. Somehow, Starbury has to summon Stephon. That’s a big problem for him now, because Stephon Marbury knows better than anyone that Stephon Marbury is a loser.

It’s tough to argue with any of those points. We can just cross our fingers and hope for the best. Corey Dillon and Randy Moss both came to New England with baggage and they worked out just fine.

John compares the Marbury marriage to a Nascar race:

Everyone will be now be watching for two reasons:  to see who wins, and to see if there’s a huge wreck.

In other news, Mikki Moore will be wearing green for tonight’s game against the Clippers (Check back later for my advanced scouting report).

Raffle Ticket Update: I’m awaiting one more check and once it arrives, the raffle will be full. I hope to hold the drawing by the end of this week. Thanks!!!

Today’s Links: Herald – Green Light for Stephon | Rotten Big Apple Run Comes to End | NY Post – Dead to Knicks, Marbury to Celtics | One Chance to be Steph of Legends |ESPN – Marbury Could Have Big Impact | SI – Smith No Ordinary Joe |

After the jump, NBA dancers….

31 Responses

  1. Contract year, baby.

    Steph loves his money, and he knows the difference between millions and millions and a lot less is the difference between him playing well and melding in and not playing well and melting down.

    The power of the dollar will make steph behave and perform!

  2. Can he wear that hat when he’s playing? It would look less stupid than his Starbury ad.

  3. Starbury=Terrell Owens=Cancer

    Welcome to the Boston Dallas Cowboys :-(

    Sad

    leopards do not change their spots. Just ask Pacman

  4. How can we call Kobe a douche when we just signed one for ourselves?

    http://newengland.comcastsportsnet.com/wickedgoodsports/celtics/bad-apple-in-the-big-apple-a-starbury-anthology/

  5. I think this is the best option for the Celtics. Name someone else who is out there that is better than Starbury? No one. I’m not saying he will be a saint here, thats yet to be seen, & hopfully all we see him doing is playing 10-15 min a game.

  6. The problem is talent does not overcome bad behavior. It has a negative impact on the rest of the bench players. The 2008 Dallas Cowboys were one of the most talented teams in the league but look how they played. My only hope is KG can prevent this

    Would rather have “White Chocolate” for one

  7. Look at our last two games. We do not need him. Even Horry would be better

  8. Now we get healthy and hang # 18

  9. I just checked the Starbury website. Besides the cheap clothing and shoes, you can buy books and movies. WTF!? Has anyone said, “I wanted to buy a cheap pair of sneakers, and then I saw a copy of Wall Street, so I had to get throw that in there too!”
    Business savvy, another of Marbury’s weaknesses. Shit, just give me 20 mins, 10 and 5 and we’ll be straight

  10. thetitleisours- calm the fuck down guy, the cowboys had an entire team of thug slouches who have no work ethic and didnt get along, and a crazy owner who likes controversy, an injured QB dating famous celebrities etc…the celtics are defending champs and the cowboys havent won a playoff game in 12 years, its absolutely uncomparable. saying they were one of the most talented teams is nonsense media hype bullshit, they are exactly what they ended up – a non playoff team with no character

  11. Sorry Baron, I am an old time Celtic fan who would not sell my soul to the devil. This guy is poison, cancer, and a chemistry killer. Adding talented idiots does not work. It has been proven over and over. Everyone is blinded by by talent, not how this will disrupt this team.

    I do hope I am wrong

    This is who will represent the Celtics?

    http://newengland.comcastsportsnet.com/wickedgoodsports/celtics/bad-apple-in-the-big-apple-a-starbury-anthology/

  12. LOL, rodman to the bulls
    Moss to the patriots

    hell, sam cassell is similar to marbury

  13. Thanks Baron for talking some sense into some of these worried dudes. Titleisours, no disrespect big guy, but slow down on the cappucino man..

  14. I was against the talk of trying to trade for Kobe. It is just a different era where fans no longer care about character. Glad I am not one of those

  15. Character is nice. Character doesn’t win ballgames. Talent does.

    Larry Bird was a fucking jerk back in the day too. He was outspoken, and often started fights and provoked people with his taunting.

    But he was extremely talented.

  16. titleisours that era ended the day red signed dominique wilkins i say welcome to boston stephon.

  17. Marbury is understood, he has good qualites about his character, his company is pure geniuous, and good for all kids in the projects without alot of money, he goes out of his way to good for kids…
    If he signs, that means the big 3 want it to happen… stop being all doom and gloom

  18. For a second there, I though we signed Redman.

    I’ve been against Marbury since the beginning… but lets consider the fact that he won’t be here THAT long. There are what… 20-something games left? Then the playoffs. That’s it.

    You’ve got a strong group of leaders on this team… a strong front office which has the support of ownership… and you have a player who is trying to prove the Knicks wrong and prove himself to other teams that can give him one last contract.

    So consider the possibility that there isn’t enough time… and this isn’t the right situation… for Marbury to infect the rest of this team with his crazy.

  19. Not the same Danno. Different level. Character meaning passion for the game, your teamates and your role. Sacrificing. making your teamamtes better by example. keeping your name off the papers.

    Not talking choir boys here.

    The old time Celtics were nasty too, but it was all for the unified goal of winning. i am all for that.

    This guy as a member of the Knicks went to watch Laker games. Would not be surprised if we play the Laker’s he dogs it so they can win.

    yeah, that is what I think of him.

  20. well then, you probably shouldn’t be watching professional sports.

    you’re talking like it’s 1955 still.

  21. I think that given the few regular season games we have left and the fact that he has something to prove, this cant hurt us all that much.

  22. C’s cant win. Hated on for a “thin” bench. Hated on when they make the best possible move to bolster that “thin” bench. Sure steph is sketchy as hell but 20+ppg off the bench is no joke. And at least he isnt two faced like Kobe

  23. OK guys, I will surrender. I hope I am wrong. There are exceptions to every rule. Maybe he can bottle up his ego with KG sitting on him. Time will tell

    And Danno, you are probably right. But like I said, I am not interested in choir boys. Just not sleeze and a history of selfish behavior and disruption.

    And Red, if it is just for the rest of this season I hope you are right. I just cannot help my gut instinct

    If we can beat the Laker’s again in the finals, I can live with being wrong.

    peace

  24. And if leopards do not change their spots, maybe they can paint them over for a time.

    But when I replay this season in Strat-O-Matic, he will not be in the lineup ;-)

  25. Interesting discussion… I think character matters a lot. I think it wins championships. I think that was the main difference between the Celtics and the Lakers last year.

    The Lakers had more talent, some would say MUCH more talent, particularly on the bench. So why did they lose? Character. When push came to shove, when it came down to calling up your last ounce of energy, the will to overcome tremendous adversity and pull a win out of the jaws of total defeat (talking game 4 here) – the Cs had it and the Lakers did not. I lay that down to character. So yes, it matters. A lot.

    But this does not prevent the Marbury experiment from working, possibly spectacularly. Steph is a nutjob for sure, but not more so than KG. (Wait, don’t pounce yet!) What I mean is: not more in the AMOUNT of nuttiness. The TYPE of nuttiness has been very different – much worse – in Steph, obviously. KG is nutty in the best way: super-passionate, extremely committed, highly verbal (ahem), single-minded, tears to frothing-at-the-mouth nutty. Steph in the past has been nutty with over-the-top self-absorption, overweening pride and narcissism. Couldn’t be more opposite in type, but they are still both nutty.

    Stephon could turn into KG. He has the passion and the fire inside. And he now has the most motivating circumstances imaginable — the chance to win a ring, possibly make another, oh, $40 million? in the rest of his career, redeem his extremely negative rep, and show the Knicks what a bunch of assholes they are (which, btw, they are).

    If Steph responds to all that motivation by just doing the best job he can in a workmanlike way, it will help us a LOT. If he becomes another KG, i.e., if he bends his passion and nuttiness away from himself and directs it at winning – a la KG – then the results could be really spectacular.

    And anyway, it’s a freeroll for us.

  26. Strat-o-matic now that takes me back, I want the Celtics to win again just as much as everyone else and maybe he will help and be a good sport. However seeing him touch the beloved trophy would make me sick. So I would puke and get over it knowing his part in it was very small. In Ainge I trust.

  27. nicely said DRJ

    I get you completely Aingelives :-) I play the computer version of SOM basketball to relax and take my mind off other things. It is very addictive. Leon Powe had a GREAT card for last season. I probably play him too much lol

  28. And you are right, you always feel better after hurling

  29. This Marbury move gives us more flexibility in the lineup, because we can go small again. A lineup of Rondo-Marbury-Ray-Paul-KG would be a dynamite offensive squad that can matchup with some team like the Lakers if they decide to go small. Its similar to the Rondo-Ray-Paul-Posey-KG lineup of yesteryear.

  30. I got floor seats Friday night, STARBURY better be in uniformm!!!!

  31. Cool Double P. He may be, but they may need to give him a couple days. Mikki Moore is going to play tonight…

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