In light of the recent developments of the tragic figures of Allen Iverson and Stephon Marbury, I have come up with a solution.
Players like these, that have no concept of the fact they are not the center of the universe, deserve to be punished by being traded to the basketball equivalent of hell.
A place where it won't matter if they practice because they're chances of winning anything will be remote.
I'm speaking of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Marbury is the most troublesome of the two to me. He came out of Georgia Tech after one year because he wanted to take care of his family.
Honorable, sure. However he was drafted by Minnesota Timberwolves and almost instantly began complaining about the cold environment up north. It didn't matter that he was paired with Kevin Garnett, he needed to play elsewhere.
So he was traded....and traded....and traded....until he ended up in the hallowed halls of Madison Square Garden playing for his beloved Knicks. However, this was not your father's Knicks team.
And now he apparently refused to play. Marbury has denied the charge but who do you believe?
I know who I'm siding with, but I'll keep it to myself.
Mr. Iverson on the other hand decided he did not need to practice with his new team.
Stop me if you've heard this before.
Iverson and Marbury are two classic examples of wasted talent. For all the accolades each has garnered throughout their careers, neither one has been able to win anything of consequence.
I'm sure you can point to a million other factors, however you can't tell me their inability to think globally hasn't played a part in their wasted careers.
The problem with my solution is that there is no chance the Grizzlies would want these guys. They're tainted goods, attractive only to the most desperate team that would be willing to throw principles out the proverbial window.
Maybe Oklahoma City would be a better fit.