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Shade
12-03-2007, 07:28 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=3139858



Knicks offer support to Marbury, but no timetable for his return

Associated Press
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<!-- end story header --><!-- begin left column --> <!-- begin page tools --> Updated: December 3, 2007, 3:28 PM ET<!-- end page tools --><!-- begin story body --> <!-- template inline -->GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Stephon Marbury (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3099) played the second half of New York (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=nyk)'s loss to Phoenix on Sunday night unaware his father had been taken to a hospital, where he died before the game ended.

Don Marbury was taken from Madison Square Garden to St. Vincent's Hospital and Medical Center during halftime, reportedly because of chest pains, but a family member advised a Knicks official not to inform Stephon Marbury at the time.

Stephon Marbury learned of his father's death from a family friend minutes after the game.

"It's a terrible thing that happened to him and his family last night," Knicks coach Isiah Thomas said Monday after practice. "For any parent watching their son or daughter perform, and to have something like that happen, anyone who has kids would sympathize with the son and you also sympathize with the family."

Thomas seemed a bit emotional while speaking for less than five minutes, and wouldn't discuss how long Stephon Marbury would be gone. Last month, forward Zach Randolph (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3531) missed three games following the death of his grandmother.

"We as a family, the Knicks family, we'll give him all the support and try to be there for him and his family through this terrible time," Thomas said. "We just went through it with Zach and his family."

Marbury has endured an especially difficult time, on and off the court. He has been booed at home since skipping a game in Phoenix following a clash with Thomas, and an aunt died last month.

"I can feel his pain," Randolph said. "It's been a tough year on him, I feel real sorry for him and his family. Fans booing him, and his father passed during the game. It's tough for him right now.

"He lost his auntie a couple of weeks after I lost my grandma, so it's tough."

The day after the aunt's death, Marbury said his mother had lost eight siblings in the last five years, adding that "my mother's a mess right now."

Don and Mabel Marbury had five sons and twin daughters.

The Knicks play Wednesday in New Jersey, without a clear solution at point guard if Marbury hasn't returned. Reserve Mardy Collins didn't play Sunday because of a sprained left ankle, and Thomas hasn't used Nate Robinson (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3947) in either of the last two games.

"We'll continue to remain strong within the team and stay together," Thomas said.

An abundance of jokes are swirling around in my head, but I'll refrain for now.

Seriously, though, I can only imagine what Stephon's going through right now. That's a horrible, horrible thing to have to go through, especially with everything else that's been going on around there lately.

Shack80
12-03-2007, 07:46 PM
Wow, that is aweful.

grace
12-03-2007, 08:15 PM
It's sad and I'm sure Isiah is remembering the year that Jamaal's mom died, JO's stepdad shot himself, and Austin's father-in-law died.

Anthem
12-03-2007, 09:22 PM
That's terrible. To have your father die while attending a game you were playing in? I'd have a hard time ever playing again after that.

FlavaDave
12-03-2007, 10:15 PM
I don't have any jokes swirling in my head. That's just terrible.

Brian
12-04-2007, 07:16 AM
I don't have any jokes swirling in my head. That's just terrible.

Exactly,I mean hate the guy all you that you do.That is your right.But to have jokes swirling after you hear about someones parent dying?.

My hopes and prayers are with marbury.

dohman
12-04-2007, 12:57 PM
What is even worse is being only a few feet away they didnt even have the decency to tell marbury so he would go with his dad to the hospital. To find out after the game that I couldnt hold my dads hand while he passed away would make me want to kill the man that made the decesion. I wouldnt have a hard time playing the game again. I would have a hard time playing for the organization again.

I hate to say this but someone needs to blow the knicks up and do it fast.

Gyron
12-04-2007, 01:02 PM
I hate to say this but someone needs to blow the knicks up and do it fast.

Isiah's trying to that from the inside.......Maybe "implode" is a better word for it......

Has a Coach ever been murdered by his own players?

grace
12-04-2007, 01:09 PM
What is even worse is being only a few feet away they didnt even have the decency to tell marbury so he would go with his dad to the hospital.

For all we know it was his father who said not to tell him. My sister-in-laws mother did more or less the same thing. She was in the hospital in North Carolina and told my sister-in-law not to come from Chicago. I don't really think she thought she was going to die and I doubt that Stephon's father thought he was going to either.

Shade
12-04-2007, 02:41 PM
Isiah's trying to that from the inside.......Maybe "implode" is a better word for it......

Has a Coach ever been murdered by his own players?

Well, PJ Carlisimo was nearly strangled and Jeff Van Gundy was nearly (accidentally) trampled to death.

Shade
12-04-2007, 02:42 PM
Exactly,I mean hate the guy all you that you do.That is your right.But to have jokes swirling after you hear about someones parent dying?.

My hopes and prayers are with marbury.

The jokes I had in mind were in reference to the Knicks, not the Marburys.

Brian
12-04-2007, 05:19 PM
The jokes I had in mind were in reference to the Knicks, not the Marburys.

Why kick a team when they are down,especially after their "star" player just lost a parent?.

Shade
12-04-2007, 05:29 PM
Why kick a team when they are down,especially after their "star" player just lost a parent?.

Because it's the Knicks. :-p