Former NBA star Stephon Marbury may be busy cementing his legacy in the Chinese Basketball Association, but he's still keeping tabs on one of his former teams despite residing a few thousand miles away.
On Wednesday, Marbury responded to a slew of questions on Twitter regarding his thoughts about the state of the New York Knicks, the team's front office, operations at Madison Square Garden and Carmelo Anthony's exchange with a fan Tuesday evening during a 19-point loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.
After catching a glimpse of the news that Anthony told a heckling fan to ask owner James Dolan for his money back, according to ESPN.com's Ian Begley, Marbury opined that he would have received flak for making similar remarks:
I think I would of got paper hung if I said that! https://t.co/9rHc7tOIRI— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) March 3, 2016
Marbury also explained he believes the Knicks have a problem that starts at the top, trickles down and ultimately affects how the team plays:
Times will be like this until they release that negative energy. When the top ain't right nothing ain't right! https://t.co/USMOEaj5C0— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) March 3, 2016
It's about selling seats, popcorn and beer. The garden is a cash cow. The fans will continue to be bamboozled sadly https://t.co/AR9CRJoLvO— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) March 3, 2016
The two-time NBA All-Star also said he thinks Dolan will one day part with his ownership stake in New York's most prestigious basketball team:
He will sell when he gets the right offer!! https://t.co/XjnnIFXbIl— I AM PEACE STAR (@StarburyMarbury) March 3, 2016
What the Knicks need right now is stability.
New York has lost two straight and 10 of its last 12 overall, and firing head coach Derek Fisher hasn't corrected any of the team's woes. In fact, the Knicks appear to be regressing under interim boss Kurt Rambis.
Until the summer rolls around and team president Phil Jackson has a chance to bring in a new head coach and recruit free agents to team up with Anthony and rookie Kristaps Porzingis, the Knicks will be left to tread water.
And with few young, cost-controlled assets at their disposal, the Knicks will need to do a masterful job of pitching prospective additions this summer if they want to make any sort of sizable leap next season.