Friday, January 23, 2009

Deportation of Stephon Marbury hits a snag

The Greek team Olympiakos (or is it Olympiacos?) that was rumored to be interested in Stephon Marbury is apparently looking for someone with European experience, according to the New York Daily News.
Owners of Athens-based Olympiakos, which is looking for a replacement for ex-Hawks forward Josh Childress, who is out for up to two months with a sports hernia injury, told Greek and American-based agents yesterday that they want to sign a combination guard who has played in Europe.

Along those lines, Olympiakos Thursday rejected an overture from veteran guard and free agent Troy Hudson, formerly with Golden State, Minnesota and several other NBA teams, based on his lack of European playing experience.
I wouldn’t say the idea is dead, but it’s definitely on life support right now. If I were a betting man, and I am, I would bet that Marbury spends the entire season on the Knicks’ roster, watching games from courtside like he has been, and preaching religion in blog entries for the New York Post.

He doesn’t want to budge on his offer of a buyout at $1M less than the $20.8M that he’s making, while the Knicks would prefer he settle for $17.8M of the money he is owed. But clearly Marbury is trying to make a point. It’s a point that makes him look like an arrogant, self-righteous jerk, but at least he’s keeping it consistent throughout his career.

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