Is Marbury Really the Problem?

It seems that Stephon Marbury has left the Knicks high and dry because of Coach Isiah Thomas’ desire to bench Marbury in favor of either Nate Robinson or Mardy Collins. Instead of doing what he can to help the team win, Marbury has decided to simply leave them behind. One would hope that in his career-long quest to be a leader from the point guard position, Marbury would accept a new role, but he has simply proven once again that he is selfish and only in the game to promote himself (and I guess his shoes).

Marbury should be able to see that guys like Manu Ginobili, Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa have feasted on NBA defenses as the respective sixth men on their teams, a role that clearly Marbury wants no part of. He has decided that starting a game is more important than finishing one, which is probably why the team has faltered for the years that Marbury has been in New York.

However, Stephon Marbury is hardly the only problem the Knicks have. Those who know me have become accustomed to my complaining about Eddy Curry and after six games this season, he has done absolutely nothing to shut me up. Isiah Thomas treats Curry like he is a top tier center in the NBA, which in my understanding should include out scoring, out rebounding and out blocking his opponent on most nights (since most centers in the NBA are not in the top tier). Looking at his season so far, here is what Knick fans have seen from Curry:

– He has matched up so far with: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Al Jefferson, Marcus Camby, Dwight Howard, Shaquille O’Neal and Amare Stoudemire (of which I only consider Howard and Stoudemire in the top tier, with the others close behind).

– Curry has outscored his opposing centers 111-95
– Curry has been outrebounded 78-39. That’s right, Curry’s opponents have DOUBLE the amount of rebounds he’s been able to gobble up.
– Curry has blocked 4 shots so far this season (in six games!!!) and his opponents have blocked 16 in those same games.
– Curry’s 4 assists are less than half of the 9 his opponents have.
– His 4 steals are short of the 5 other centers have gotten.
– He has turned the ball over 14 times versus 12 for his opponents.

Zach Randolph, on the other hand, has been a beast so far. Playing in two fewer games than Curry, he has scored 14 fewer points, grabbed 15 more rebounds, has three fewer blocks, two more assists and three fewer turnovers than his big-boned teammate.

Now, I am no NBA General Manager and Head Coach but…GET RID OF CURRY!!!!!!!


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