July 19, 2007
After all this talk about Stephon Marbury heading to Italy in two years to finish his career there, I couldn’t but help think how much of a load of crap this is. This guy is your stereotypical New York basketball player, street baller if you will. As much as his “Starbury” status has diminished over the years, he is starting to build a reputable name for himself with his “Starbury” line of shoes and clothing. I think since he started his line of clothing, he has become regarded as a better person. It takes a serious person to shy away from the shoes contracts of millions to accept royalties on shoes selling for $15. I guess this guy’s business teacher taught about volume. Obviously he is doing this out of the goodness of his heart, because he once knew what it was like to not be able to afford a pair of Air Jordans. With all this being said, why would he lose this “good-guy” image and jet for Italy? Is it because he and his wife had a great vacation? If this is the primary reason, in two year’s time, this idea will blow over. It’s like when you’re in 8th grade and you want an earing for the first time. By grade 10, you’re laughing at yourself. The only up-side of going to Italy is he will be the best player in their league. Can he re-gain “Starbury” status all over again? Personally, I think those days are over.
July 2, 2007
It seems like Isiah Thomas and the New York Knicks had a productive draft. Acquiring Zach Randolph is truly a gamble. But if you’re going to gamble, why not with a guy that can average 20 and 10? That sounds like solid numbers to bring into a team. It seems like an even better deal because that they get to part with Stevie Franchise ( I still can’t even remember how he earned that nickname). His massive contract is now not a barrier to acquiring great talent. The big problem is, if Randolph was getting into all this trouble in Portland, I couldn’t even imagine what the roads of NYC hold for the forward. The Knicks are going to have to have a serious sit-down with him and set the ground rules. Losing Channing Frye’s potential probably won’t be as visible as he’s now playing alongside a team stocked with forwards. His 9.5 points and 5.5 rebound averages are likely to go down, as he’ll be competing for playing time with LaMarcus Aldridge, Travis Outlaw, and Darius Miles to name a few. Overall, I really think the Knicks got the better of the deal. The Knicks could potentially have a very strong starting frontline with Eddy Curry and Randolph (although they’re a weak defensive pair). I expect to see the Knicks as one of the higher scoring offenses this season if Starbury is willing to pass the ball. I’m just hoping Randolph spends his time on the basketball court, instead of the other court we’re all fearing he’ll be visiting pretty soon.
The Knicks must be jumping for joy now that Steve Francis is gone!
-Check out the Video page of a video I found of Zach Randolph paying a visit to a die-hard fan. Looks like the little guy’s going to have to move some of the furniture around…