Suns' Nash the anti-Marbury

Suns' Nash the anti-Marbury

There are 8 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 21, 2007, titled Suns' Nash the anti-Marbury. In it, Newsday reports that:

The point guard that the Garden came to root for was missing in action, but that wasn't so bad, because the point guard the Garden came to see was in uniform and once again making a serious run at league MVP.

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Ravi

United States

#1 Jan 25, 2007
Why continue to knock down Marbury? It's unneccessary. Last year was a waste of time for everybody. It must be personal issues with Marbury for you to write this at a time when Marbury has been playing at an all-star caliber level. The team has been rebuilt, but too many of you "experts" focus on the salary cap instead of the actual talent. If you knew anything about basketball, you would understand that Nash, while he is an exceptional point guard, is playing with Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudamire. They aren't Qyntel Woods or Jackie Butler. They are just a little bit better.

Marbury needs to win to be viewed as successful. But to knock him down at this time is beating a dead horse and actually takes no effort.

Sad, but it is your opinion. I respect that. But I don't think I will go out of my way to read any of your columns because of such overused and tired comparisons that you just used in your column.
SolarPower

Alexandria, VA

#2 Jan 25, 2007
Ravi wrote:
Why continue to knock down Marbury? It's unneccessary. Last year was a waste of time for everybody. It must be personal issues with Marbury for you to write this at a time when Marbury has been playing at an all-star caliber level. The team has been rebuilt, but too many of you "experts" focus on the salary cap instead of the actual talent. If you knew anything about basketball, you would understand that Nash, while he is an exceptional point guard, is playing with Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudamire. They aren't Qyntel Woods or Jackie Butler. They are just a little bit better.
Marbury needs to win to be viewed as successful. But to knock him down at this time is beating a dead horse and actually takes no effort.
Sad, but it is your opinion. I respect that. But I don't think I will go out of my way to read any of your columns because of such overused and tired comparisons that you just used in your column.
You cannot compare Nash and Starbury, their different players at the same position. Steph is a shoot-first PG who can realistically give you 20+ ppg and 7-8 assists while Steve is more along the lines of 17ppg and 11 dimes. Marbury looks to score first pretty much, and that's his strength. While Nash can pretty much get his shot anytime he wants, he constantly is putting pressure on the opposing d by making his teammates better. BTW, Stephon had the chance to play with Marion and Stoudemire just like Steve but the results were not equal. Even if you put Marbury on this current Suns team, they wouldn't be nearly as successful as they are with Nash. And conversely, if you let Nash QB that Knicks squad I'm willing to wager that he'd make that team better. So...basically what Newsday is saying is true!
Bill Monroe

United States

#3 Jan 25, 2007
Your story is old Shawn. I guess you have not seen the last 20 games or so of Marbury's all around play and attitude. If you really knew anything about the game - I doubt if you ever played and you sure as hell never coached it - you would not be writing this same and lame old crap about Marbury. Give the brother his due when its obvious and stop Uncle Tomming it up, as it is blatantly embarrassing to witness.
Suns Fan

United States

#4 Jan 25, 2007
Bill Monroe wrote:
Your story is old Shawn. I guess you have not seen the last 20 games or so of Marbury's all around play and attitude. If you really knew anything about the game - I doubt if you ever played and you sure as hell never coached it - you would not be writing this same and lame old crap about Marbury. Give the brother his due when its obvious and stop Uncle Tomming it up, as it is blatantly embarrassing to witness.
I somewhat agree with what you have to say,I haven't seen Marbury the last 20 games but I remember what he did here on Phx. There's no doubt that he is a great talent but you and I know that he hasen't lived up to his potential. Just look at the Phx Suns, they are definatly one of the best if not the best team but everybody keeps picking the Mavs to win it... I gurantee that those guys have seen one or two games that the Suns have played and are making their assumption on a couple games that they have seen.

I always liked Marbury and I really hope that he turns it around but it's going to take more than 20 games to convince me or anybody that he is not a bust.. just like it's going to take the Suns to win a title in order to shut up the no sayers...

GO SUNS!!
catchNshoot

United States

#5 Jan 25, 2007
I think Nash's game against the Cavs where he had 21 assists and four points tells you everything you need to know about him. He was passing up wide open lay-ups and passing to his streaking teammates who came in and dunked the ball. He repeatedly did this with showing a casual indiffernce to scoring. I don't think there's another superstar in the league who understands his role better than Steve Nash.

I was courtside against the Bulls in Chicago two nights after he had scored 32 against the Pistons and he decided at the beginning of the game that Barbosa and Stoudamire were going to lead them and he just kept feeding them the ball in perfect position for them to shoot "their" shots. Barbosa won the game with a last second three and Stoudamire made Ben Wallace look old and overpaid. Nash finished with 15 points and 13 assists again passing up his shots and not caring one bit and we all know he can score whenever he wants. No one in the league makes more difficult shots off the dribble than Nash.

Now that the Suns are clicking with Amare and the other "role" players, Nash will lead them over any other team in the West to the title.
Marbury Supporter

Charlotte, NC

#6 Jan 28, 2007
Man, you sure can kick a man when he is down. The Knicks are actually playing decent and you are talking about Stephon and Steve Nash. The man is hurt! Plus, pay attention, the Stephon bashing is old. You ever wondered why you are national syndicated colunmist? Before you go start talking mess about someone, realize, they have family that reads this stuff. You don't know Stephon Marbury the person. I can honestly say I do.
Marbury Supporter

Charlotte, NC

#7 Jan 28, 2007
Hey dummy, I want you sit back and understand why Stephon Marbury was the 4th pick in the 1996 draft. Understand what got Stephon Marbury in the NBA. It was known then that he was a scoring point guard. You guys act like it was let out the bag when he got to the NBA. He scored crazy like that one year at Georgia Tech. Apparently the man has done something right. You just don't get 2 maximum contracts because you are lucky. I like Steve Nash but it took him almost 5 to 6 years to maximize his potential. Stephon produced right away. When they came in the league Stephon was 19, Nash was like 22. In terms of production of the course of a career, I would take Stephon Marbury. You are just putting emphasis on the last few years. Does Steve Nash have 15,000+ pts and 5000+ assist? He is playing the way he knows so respect that. The guy hates to loose more than anything. He can be one evil s.o.b when his team is losing. He plays hurt more than anybody will ever know. His philosphy is,I make to much money to sit around here talking about I'm hurt (trying telling that to people like LeBron who sit out because of a hurt toe). I saw this man limping around after having 2 ankle surgeries a week apart. You guys in the media don't give him a chance. Yeah, Stephon is not the nicest guy in the world but stop bashing him. He is still human and I think you are missing the point critizing him.
Bobby

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jan 30, 2007
Marbury Supporter wrote:
Hey dummy, I want you sit back and understand why Stephon Marbury was the 4th pick in the 1996 draft. Understand what got Stephon Marbury in the NBA. It was known then that he was a scoring point guard. You guys act like it was let out the bag when he got to the NBA. He scored crazy like that one year at Georgia Tech. Apparently the man has done something right. You just don't get 2 maximum contracts because you are lucky. I like Steve Nash but it took him almost 5 to 6 years to maximize his potential. Stephon produced right away. When they came in the league Stephon was 19, Nash was like 22. In terms of production of the course of a career, I would take Stephon Marbury. You are just putting emphasis on the last few years. Does Steve Nash have 15,000+ pts and 5000+ assist? He is playing the way he knows so respect that. The guy hates to loose more than anything. He can be one evil s.o.b when his team is losing. He plays hurt more than anybody will ever know. His philosphy is,I make to much money to sit around here talking about I'm hurt (trying telling that to people like LeBron who sit out because of a hurt toe). I saw this man limping around after having 2 ankle surgeries a week apart. You guys in the media don't give him a chance. Yeah, Stephon is not the nicest guy in the world but stop bashing him. He is still human and I think you are missing the point critizing him.
Nobody is questioning Marbury's abilty. The Wolves drafted him because of that. He was a perfect compliment to Garnett. They were both young and had that special chemistry to win it all. Then he simply got jealous over Garnett's contract and didn't want to be the second highest paid player on the team and demanded to be traded. The guy was an immature idiot for throwing away that opportunity. I think he regrets that decision now and has been appropriately humbled in the succeeding years. Too bad he's never played up to his superstar potential. He had the opportunity and threw it away.

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