Well, it looks like Stephon Marbury, cousin of Minnesota great Sebastian Telfair, might get a chance to play after all this season. After lengthy negotiations, he’s finally reached a buyout with the Knicks, and it looks as though he’s set to catch on with Boston, as has long been rumoured. There, he’ll face his biggest challenge — trying to ruin the NBA’s best team.
Marbury, of course, is the worst seed in the history of professional sports. Check out his track record: After a nice start to his career with Tom Gugliotta and co. in Minnesota, he griped his way out of town and was traded to New Jersey, where the Nets were one of the worst teams in the league during his tenure. After being traded to Phoenix for Jason Kidd, the Nets miraculously became the best team in the East, while Phoenix went from a playoff team to a loser. After being replaced by Steve Nash in Phoenix, the Suns suddenly became relevant again. And we all know how things went in New York with Marbury.
It’ll be interesting to see the effect Marbury has on Boston. It won’t be easy, considering he’s just there to provide a spark off the bench, and will be challenged to grab minutes from the greatest point guard in the history of basketball, Rajon Rondo. Still, if he looks deep within himself, I figure he’ll find a way to screw this up. Enjoy, Celtics fans. And if you’re an intern working in Boston’s front office, be careful.