Stephon Marbury Wants No Pity Minutes
Before the game, when it became official that the Knicks (who on Friday traded away Jamal Crawford, Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins) would be shorthanded, Mike D'Antoni reached out to Starbury and told him he could play 30-35 minutes against the Bucks.
According to Howard Beck of the New York Times, Starbury declined, saying that he didn't feel comfortable with the situation. Beck goes on to describe D'Antoni to be perturbed by the episode.
Clearly, the Knicks could have used Marbury in Milwaukee; Nate Robinson and Chris Duhon each played more than 40 minutes, and even Anthony Roberson got 17 minutes of burn. D'Antoni is known for tight rotations, but seven players is a little extreme.
Still, I find it hard to fault Marbury here. Under normal circumstances, a player under contract should subject to the playing time whims of the coach. But these aren't normal circumstances. D'Antoni told Marbury he didn't want to play him only a few minutes a game, so he wouldn't play him at all. Marbury asked to be deactivated to solidify that decision. And now the Knicks need him? I really don't blame Marbury for passing on the PT.