The NY Times reports Marbury is scheduled to meet reporters in Boston tomorrow morning, and he’ll be in uniform for the Pacers game.
“The great thing is that they want me to play with them,” Marbury said at his home in Purchase, N.Y. He added that he had already met with some of his new teammates…
Asked about his role with the Celtics, presumably to back up guard Rajon Rondo, Marbury said, “I’ll just let my game speak for itself.”
(thanks to Wiggs for the link)
Meanwhile, Ball Don’t Lie’s Kelly Dwyer brings up the one point that few of us have talked about… all of his time away from the game.
What I am interested in is the fact that Marbury hasn’t really played much NBA basketball for the last 22 months or so. And even when he played, for a Knicks team trying to make the playoffs in the 2006-07 season, Marbury was decidedly average.
Now, that was two years ago. Marbury was 30 then and 32 now, and average guards who depend on their legs at 30 tend to not play all that well at 32. Throw in Stephon’s career-long ankle and knee issues, and it’s possible that the Celtics could be signing one of the least-productive free agents available.
But that’s not what we need him for… and Dwyer goes on to touch on that point later in the article. We’re not asking Marbury to run the show in Boston. We’re asking Marbury to not turn the ball over, make the right pass, and maybe score a few points. We don’t need “Starbury” in Boston… we just want someone who can hold the fort down while Rajon gets a break, and that allows Eddie House to play his natural (and more dangerous) position.