http://www.nj.com/sports/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1112166698260250.xmlLOS ANGELES -- Even though the Knicks are working to change Jamal Crawford into more of a passer and less of a shooter, Stephon Marbury offered some contradictory advice Monday after Crawford admitted to being confused by the transition.
Crawford said he didn't know when to shoot and when to pass, so Marbury suggested he try what has always worked for him.
"When in doubt, shoot," Marbury said. "That's how I look at it."
It was like an old Western sheriff giving instructions to his deputies, only in Crawford's case, it's shoot first and answer questions later.
Advice like Marbury's could undo everything the Knicks have been trying to accomplish with Crawford. But Marbury, sensing his teammate has lost his confidence on the court, said he would not hold any grudges if Crawford reverted to being the shoot-first scorer he used to be, as long as the emphasis is on scoring and not just shooting.
"Jamal can take 25 shots on this team and no one would get mad," Marbury said. "I mean, I wouldn't get mad because, if he's shooting the ball that way, I would assume he's hitting. I don't think he's going to go out and shoot the ball if he's not hitting. So, for him, he just has to continue to be aggressive."