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Hicks
07-18-2007, 04:39 PM
He says "yes".

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2940731&campaign=rss&source=NBAHeadlines

Wow. That's unheard of to me.

Kstat
07-18-2007, 04:41 PM
Good decision. he gets away from the spotlight of a being a career underachiever in NY, and gets to enjoy playing for once.

I doubt he follows through with it, though. Nique did and it worked out great for him.

Trader Joe
07-18-2007, 04:47 PM
The part Marbury fails to mention is this is after no one will give him a job in the NBA.

carpediem024
07-18-2007, 09:09 PM
I think he will do well in Italy.

bulldog
07-18-2007, 09:14 PM
David Beckham in reverse? Although he's kind of late, as basketball has long since taken off in Italy.

But I do remember laughing at the Italian National team a few years back, it was filled with "Johnsons" and "Smiths," both players who came over from the US and sons of American families that had been there awhile (especially military families).

Point is, he'll do well, although he's not exactly gonna be the trailblazer he thinks he is.

Evan_The_Dude
07-18-2007, 09:59 PM
If he's going to Italy in 2 years then I know what that means. It means in exactly 3 years there will be a thread here called "Should we sign Marbury from Italy as our veteran backup?".

Bynum Brigade
07-18-2007, 10:23 PM
David Beckham in reverse? Although he's kind of late, as basketball has long since taken off in Italy.

But I do remember laughing at the Italian National team a few years back, it was filled with "Johnsons" and "Smiths," both players who came over from the US and sons of American families that had been there awhile (especially military families).

Point is, he'll do well, although he's not exactly gonna be the trailblazer he thinks he is.


I don't think he meant as a trail blazer. I think he meant more like Beckham being a huge football star coming to play in a lesser league. That is a little of a strech for him though as he is not nearly as big a star to basketball as Beckham is to football.

able
07-18-2007, 10:48 PM
I don't think he meant as a trail blazer. I think he meant more like Beckham being a huge football star coming to play in a lesser league. That is a little of a strech for him though as he is not nearly as big a star to basketball as Beckham is to football.

I'm quite sure that even the comparison of star size is very comparable.

Becker is a great "face" in merchandise, but as a player he's nowhere near the "real" top

Trader Joe
07-19-2007, 01:13 AM
I'm quite sure that even the comparison of star size is very comparable.

Becker is a great "face" in merchandise, but as a player he's nowhere near the "real" top

QFT. Becks hasn't been the same Beckham in three years at least. He is a watered down version of himself and as much as I'd love to see soccer in America take off, Beckham by himself will not cut it. Slightly OT.

Seed
07-19-2007, 04:42 AM
Well he won't be the 1st all-star to come over to Europe. Several players already tried it. Some for better (Dominique Wilkins in Athens), some for worse (Tom Chambers in Maccabi). I think Stephon will have to seriously adjust his game to the Euro ball. Hopefully it will be a sucess story.

Seed
07-19-2007, 06:10 AM
QFT. Becks hasn't been the same Beckham in three years at least. He is a watered down version of himself and as much as I'd love to see soccer in America take off, Beckham by himself will not cut it. Slightly OT.
What? Beckham just finished an excellent season for Real-Madrid, taking a major role in their spectacular spanish league championship. He's been praised all over Europe for his play in the 2nd half of the season.

Frantz
07-19-2007, 06:27 AM
What?

Sorry...Marbury is your and we don't want him :D

DisplacedKnick
07-19-2007, 08:17 AM
QFT. Becks hasn't been the same Beckham in three years at least. He is a watered down version of himself and as much as I'd love to see soccer in America take off, Beckham by himself will not cut it. Slightly OT.

Pele couldn't do it 30 years ago. Beckham won't either.

The change in demographics is what will make soccer a big sport here - look for us to be a power in about 15-20 years.

As for Marbury, he's not Artest-like but stuff comes out of his mouth you have to ignore sometimes. Unless his game completely falls apart he'll be an MLE-level player when his contract runs out (for a 2-year deal, max). Not sure what they pay in Europe but that's still a decent chunk of change.

efx
07-19-2007, 08:49 AM
One player won't make a sport go from nothing to huge. As DK said, Pele couldn't do it and he was a much better player than Beckham ever was.

Trader Joe
07-19-2007, 11:55 AM
What? Beckham just finished an excellent season for Real-Madrid, taking a major role in their spectacular spanish league championship. He's been praised all over Europe for his play in the 2nd half of the season.

Yes this I know. However up until this second half run by him and Real, Beckham had been average.

Los Angeles
07-19-2007, 12:53 PM
The bad news: you have to play in Italy.

The good news: you get to LIVE in Italy.

BoomBaby31
07-19-2007, 01:28 PM
What? Beckham just finished an excellent season for Real-Madrid, taking a major role in their spectacular spanish league championship. He's been praised all over Europe for his play in the 2nd half of the season.

LOL.. All of these none soccer fans really believe what the angry Europeans are saying about Beckham and he is washed up. If Beckham is so washed up he wouldn't be playing for one of the best Ball Clubs, and that is a fact. BECKHAM IS NNNNNNNNNOOOOTTTTTTTT washed up.

"Writing this as a Beckham commercial plays in the background lol, kind of funny"

able
07-19-2007, 09:07 PM
LOL.. All of these none soccer fans really believe what the angry Europeans are saying about Beckham and he is washed up. If Beckham is so washed up he wouldn't be playing for one of the best Ball Clubs, and that is a fact. BECKHAM IS NNNNNNNNNOOOOTTTTTTTT washed up.

"Writing this as a Beckham commercial plays in the background lol, kind of funny"


You know what? Do some research before yopu speak up.

LA one of the best "ball clubs"?

Not 1 club in the world is interested in him for that kind of money, none whatsoever.

He was never worth what he got paid (on the pitch) he made up for it in "merchandisability"

He is nowhere near any top 1000 of all time and nowhere near a top 500 o "current" players.

bulldog
07-19-2007, 09:28 PM
Able: I think he was referring to Real?

Beckham's a great player, although on the downside of his career. To those who insist he has absolutely no talent, that's simply not true: he has an excellent right foot and can set up teammates like few others can, his crosses are well-timed and precise, both in play and off a free kick.

Unfortunately, rumors are LA will try to make him into their version of "Steve Nash," put him at centre middie and and have him distribute and control the ball, which is not his style at all. He doesn't have the ball-handling, decision-making, or creativity for that. He's like the soccer version of a role player, perhaps a three point specialist, a guy who does certain things well and is very helpful if used in the right way. He came up really big in a number of games last year for Real down the stretch, and helped finally win La Liga.

Top 500 current players? That's a big number, but, if you start for Real, that pretty much puts you in contention. I'd say yea, he probably is Top 500. He's a limited player, but very good at what he does.

Boy, is this thread off topic.