http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/story/400994p-339713c.htmlLarry Brown revealed yesterday that Stephon Marbury had asked out of Friday's win over Detroit with 41.7 seconds remaining because his body was stiff, and hinted that Marbury didn't want the responsibility of taking the last shot.
"Stephon, he said he sat too long, he was stiff and he wanted Jamal (Crawford) to have the ball," Brown said following a 90-minute practice in Greenburgh. "Jamal's not afraid to take the big shot."
Crawford scored 15 fourth-quarter points, including a three-point play with 35.3 seconds left and Marbury on the bench. Then, with Marbury back in the game, Crawford's pull-up jumper with 2.2 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner.
Marbury, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, seemed annoyed on Friday that he sat for 10 minutes in the second half. He also acknowledged afterward that he was stiff when he returned with 3:47 left. Marbury then committed his seventh turnover with 1:09 to go and was replaced by Robinson during a timeout with 41.7 seconds left and the Knicks trailing 101-99. When asked on Friday about being on the bench for that one possession, Marbury replied, "What about that? I don't know.
If this is true, then that is a pathetic move by Steph. 80 million dollar player dosen't want to be inserted into the game? Give me a break.