It seems that Stephon has proved many Knicks fas wrong after they criticized Marbury for his insistence that he would go to China and become a star. He seems to have found great success, happiness and a new basketball home in China as he and his huge new fan base embrace each other. Stephon, known as Ma Bu Li in China, has led the Beijing Ducks to a 2-0 lead over the defending Champions Guangdong Tigers in the CBA Championships which continued today at 7:45 am ET. The fourth game will be held n March 28th in Beijing, also at 7:45 ET. It can be seen on www.firstrowsportseu.com.
Aaron Brooks, who signed a big contract with the Tigers as a restrictive free agent after his rookie contract expired, leads Marbury's opponents who were favored to win the CBA championship. Aaron Brooks, who is averaging 21.2 ppg, 4.7 assists, 1.9 steals and has 84.9 free-throw % and is second in 3-pt % (41.6) and third in field-goal % (54.0), is expected to return to the NBA at the end of his contract after the CBA concludes. He may not sign a new NBA contract until July, but Marbury is expected to stay in China and continue to enhance his growing brand.
Earlier this month, Marbury seemed to relish D'Antoni's abrupt and unceremonious departure from the Knicks which he predicted long ago. In a twitter moment, he called D'Antoni a "coward" and used the hashtag #DANPHONY. He sounds so much like a fanatic, doesn't he?
JEREMY LIN POSTGAME
The timing of this post is probably a little bit off at this point in the season, but I think it's about time that someone says this: Glen Grunwald should be retained as the General Manager of the New York Knicks once the season ends, if not now.
As things stand now, the Knicks are maybe not doing as well as we would have hoped at the beginning of the season; the head coach has been fired, the overall season record is below .500 and, finally, the Knicks are once again challenging for one of the lower playoff seeds. That being said, the roster itself looks way better than we ever could have imagined before the season began.
Think back to a dark time for both Knicks fans and NBA fans in general; the NBA lock-out. Despite farfetched dreams that some sort of amazing move would be made before the season began and that Iman Shumpert would instantly turn into an NBA superstar, there wasn't much hope for this roster to improve on the one we ended the 2010-11 season with. Ronny Turiaf - or at least someone of his caliber like Kwame Brown - was likely going to be the starting centre and Chauncey Billups was penciled in as the starting point guard. Along with that, the bench was as thin as ever, with Toney Douglas primed to play a major role, and little by means of relief for Amar'e Studemire in place, as he was going to have to play a lot of minutes at centre as well as manning the power forward position. Add to that the fact that genius Donnie Walsh had not been retained after the draft, for various reasons, and things were looking very bleak indeed.
Then Glen Grunwald stepped in.
MIKE WOODSON POSTGAME
WHEN SOMEONE TOPS THE ABOVE ACCOMPLISHMENTS, LINSANITY MAY CEASE TO EXSIST.
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