by Derek (Mr. Fantasy) of The Sportmeisters
The saga of Stephon Marbury and the New York Knicks is over. The question is, where will his next saga begin? Well, we think we already have an answer to that.
Sources say that Marbury is already in talks with the Boston Celtics. This move could go one of two ways for the Celtics.
The one thing that the Celtics are so proud of is their team chemistry, something that "Starbury" has always seemed to destroy. He has always seemed to be that little distraction that can break up a good team.
He had problems with Coach Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix, leading to his trade to the Knicks.
He then had issues with both Larry Brown and Isaiah Thomas in New York. When D’Antoni was named head coach of the Knicks, we all wondered how he and Starbury would co-exist.
Well, as we found out, they never did, as Marbury is currently living the American Dream (make lots of money to sit at home).
However, when a player with a history of problems gets traded to a good team, often times we see said player take a quieter turn for the team.
Dennis Rodman kept his mouth shut while winning with the Chicago Bulls.
In the NFL, Corey Dillon drank the Kool-Aid of the Patriots to get his ring.
It's not uncommon to see a common distraction become an team player overnight.
Now, Marbury is still a good NBA player, even though he hasn’t played an NBA game since Jan. 11, 2008. If Coach Doc Rivers can keep him under control, he could be a great help off the bench for the injury-depleted Celtics.
There is also some potential that Marbury could be a mentor for young star-in-the-making point guard Rajon Rondo.
Rondo has established himself as a future star this season, averaging 11 points and eight assists per game, to go with two triple-doubles on the year.
Having Marbury would solidify the bench after the injury to G Tony Allen and the trade of G Sam Cassell.
The big three (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen) have already said that they would welcome Marbury and that they think that the team chemistry wouldn’t be an issue.
Marbury will clear waivers on Friday at 10 AM, but most everyone thinks that Marbury to the Celtics is a done deal.
Finally, because I am the fantasy sports guru, if "Starbury" is available in your league and you need a guard, feel free to grab him.
I think he will fit in nicely and put up some decent numbers off the bench en route to helping both you and Boston try to win it all.