Former NBA point guard Stephon Marbury, a two-time All-Star and All-NBA team member who played five seasons with the New York Knicks during his 13-year NBA career, is not pleased that his ex-team hired William "Worldwide Wes" Wesley, whose official title is executive vice president-senior basketball adviser.
Marbury made his feeling clear in a pair of tweets and posted his thoughts on Instagram:
"Come on, man. Come on, man! At New York Knicks: Did you really just now bring Worldwide Sucker to the New York Knicks? And I ain't talking about the sucker we call a sucker like a sucker.
"Really, you brought this dude here? Why?
"I'm a real New York Knicks fan. I've been a New York Knicks fan since I was a spit.
"Come on [Knicks team owner James Dolan], man. You gotta be kidding me, man! You brought this dude here? Really? What's going on man? It's gotta be an explanation. Not him! Out of all people, you bring this dude here? You bring im to NYC, to New York? He don't got no credibility here. Nah."
Marbury, who grew up in Coney Island, Brooklyn, New York and starred at Brooklyn's Abraham Lincoln High School, played for the Knicks from 2003 to 2008.
He led the team to one of its four postseason appearances in the last 19 seasons when the Knicks sneaked into the playoffs as a No. 7 seed in 2003-04.
The floor general posted 18.2 points and 7.0 assists per game in a Knicks uniform.
Marbury's Knicks ties run deep, but he's clearly upset by the move.
New Knicks president Leon Rose, a former CAA basketball agent who took his new job in March, was behind the hire. He explained why Wesley is on board in the team's announcement of the transaction:
"We are very excited to announce the hiring of William Wesley, someone that I have known for over 40 years and consider to be family. He is one of the most well-connected and respected people in the basketball community and he will be a tremendous asset and resource to both myself and the New York Knicks."
Zach Braziller of the New York Post provided more reasoning.
"[Wesley is] known for his connections with star players around the league," Braziller wrote. "He also previously worked with top coaching candidate Tom Thibodeau while at CAA."
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski called Wesley "one of the great connectors and relationship builders in the sport."
Wesley joins a front office that includes Rose, incumbent general manager Scott Perry and Brock Aller, who arrived from the Cleveland Cavaliers and will join the Knicks in a "high-ranking position," per Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.