Whether you love or hate him, Stephon Marbury is an innovator at heart.
He is the only player in NBA history whose goal was to drop dimes and assists in the same game.
In all seriousness, behind the head scratching quotes are ideas that are far reaching and merit serious discussion. Just a couple back Marbury had everyone was talking about his it affordable sneaker brand, and philanthropic efforts. Now Marbury has a new vision, though I'm unsure the play by play he is providing us is for documentation. The plight is self driven, and though its hard to discern if what he is doing as the right thing, it would be a tall task for even Spike Lee to depict Marbury 'Doin work' without eliminating the rawness that exudes from the Coney Island product's character.
This write-up comes in the aftermath of a 24 hr telecast, that has suddenly turned into Starbury's next full time job.
I've watched StarburyTv on and off since last fridays epic broadcast, and honestly it reminds me of Full House, without the family or the corny music. More in the sense that, there have been times that have made me cringe, parts that make me turn away, parts that make me wonder "seriously why am I watching this?" And then emerging out of nowhere similar to Starbury's new pastime, are great stories and points on life.
Unlike Full House, there are not any corny jokes to sift through, these lessons of life come straight from the heart of a man who in actuality has been through a lot, and I'm not just talking about on the court. Yesterday, after eating vaseline and bumping Drake, he discussed the hardships of growing up in Coney Island. He discussed how at seventeen, one his best friends was found chopped up. He was alerted by the police, who allegedly informed a young Marbury with no type of empathy.
Some people are detached from the reality of insanity, and that's why I believe Marbury's idea, if combined with some sense of direction isn't crazy at all. of it all as it appears on the radar as frequently as something like the status of Iran after its fixed election. The two ongoing problems are incomparable, yet share the grave similarity of being underrepresented and explored by the media.
And that's where Stephon Marbury comes, apparently. Yes Starbury whose talent and brash personality helped turned him into the media's whipping boy, suddenly has a voice. That's the beauty and the beast that improvements in technology will eventually unveil. Athletes now have their own platform, and though Stephon never needed it to speak his mind, he has been granted one that is both unrepentantly him and uncensored. Some other deep topics he has touched upon the death of his father, and how it changed his whole world, a world that at the time was confounded by frustration, as New York was started to grow impatient with their prodigal son. He repeatedly discusses how important God has been, in protecting him throughout his life.
Seriously, click the x on the browser when he's dancing, but listen to what this young man, all of 32 year old has been through. No one ever argues that for the man on the court but let his words off it paint his image. I realize that sometimes this is the problem, the conundrum that superstars entrap themselves in as they seldomly think before they speak. But it would be great if journalist avoided the TMZ sites and actually looked at Marbury's words and actions in context. Perhaps then ESPN and Bill Simmons would realize that if they ever needed to add to the 30-in-30 documentary series they could use some of this footage, to touch upon this man's stories that has a potential to reach millions. But for now it's going to be interesting to see how Marbury uses this newfound voice that he has.