There are plenty of people around that question whether or not the New York Knicks duo of Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire will ever be able to co-exist together on the floor and lead the Knicks to a championship.
However an unexpected source chimed in on the topic as former Knicks’ point guard Stephon Marbury doesn’t think the duo has a chance and doesn’t view the Anthony and Stoudemire as a good fit together.
“Amar’e needs a point guard like Steve Nash (to thrive). He’s a pick-and-roll guy, a pick-and-pop guy. He can’t play in the half court where everything’s slowed down,” Marbury told ESPN New York (via Ian Begley) during a brief interview in Manhattan on Wednesday.
When asked if he thought Anthony and Stoudemire could flourish together, Marbury said flatly, “Nope.”
Like Marbury or not, the criticisms have some validation considering the fact that the Knicks have an under .500 record when both of their stars are in the lineup together.
Marbury played with Stoudemire in Phoenix during the 2002-03 season and for 34 games the next season before Marbury was dealt to the Knicks where he spent five rocky years.
The former Knicks’ point guard also questioned the Knicks’ motivation in acquiring Anthony, telling Begley:
“I don’t know if (Knicks owner James) Dolan brought him in to win games or to make money,” Marbury said. “I think it was to make money.”
Looking long-term, Marbury things the Knicks have a good team, but not a championship caliber squad. ”I think they have a good team,” Marbury said. “They could make the second round (of the playoffs).”
Marbury currently plays for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association. He led the team to a championship last season and is heading back to China this week. something he could never do during his NBA career as he failed to lead any of his teams out of the first round of the playoffs and while in new York, often failed to even lead the Knicks that far.
Marbury is 3.5 years removed from his controversial tenure in New York, but while he says he is still a Knicks fan and will always root for them, could there be some sour grapes still against the organization considering the way things ended for him, or are his comments valid?
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