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Marbury Coming To Boston

RedsArmyAdmin February 24, 2009 Uncategorized 20 Comments

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WCVB in Boston is reporting Stephon has been bought out…

… and he's gonna sign with Boston

SportsCenter 5’s Mike Dowling has learned that the Knicks and disgruntled guard Stephon Marbury have reached an agreement to buy out Marbury’s contract, making him a free agent after he clears waivers.

League sources tell SportsCenter 5 that once he clears waivers (48 hour period), Marbury will sign a contract with the Boston Celtics, bolstering the team’s bench as it deals with several injuries.

Hoo boy… this is gonna get interesting

– UPDATE:  ESPN has the story too

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  • AINGELIVES

    Man I hate chemo!

  • Ryan (UNC)

    In the words of the first Redsarmy podcast when Fire Doc called in: “HERE WE GO!”

  • http://redsarmy.com BigMck

    yeah baby! I asked for this – better not regret it.

  • Jp

    Here’s my idiot-boy take on these two stories, summed up in one question…
    “What do we have to lose?”
    Basically we have added two players who can produce off the bench and lost nothing of value. The team has only gotten deeper, hopefully better but certainly not worse. Marbury has shown he can take a hike and stay away from a team, so if he still has his cancerous attitude, we tell him to go start his vacation. Moore can grab rebounds and bang and shoot some, of and he is a legit 7 footer.
    I’m not thinking these moves guarantee us the rings, but maybe, just maybe they do get them for us and we are praising Ainge once again.

  • Jason

    I’ll be the first to say Marbury is tough to root for and he’s never been, on or off the court, as much as his potential could allow him to be. Many people damn him because of this and to extent, yes he deserves criticism.
    However, let’s look at what he is. For his career, he’s averaged 20 points and 8 assists. He’s also been resting for more than a year, which itself brings it pros and cons. I think this comes down to the Randy Moss principle. Let’s assume all the concerns about his mere presence are well-founded. Is this not the organization/team to absorb and “handle” such a player much like Moss was handled by the Patriots?
    I know this has been debated for months, and I’ve stayed out because it was all speculation till now, but I’m completely behing bringing on Starbury. I think the concerns, while perhaps worth considering, will be mitigated significantly if not wholly by KG, Pierce, Ray, Doc and the specter of a ring. That being the case, it leaves us only to talk about his performance and again he’s a 20/8 player, possibly better. That is absolutely valuable. And remember, we’re talking about someone whose purpose won’t be to lead this team to anything, it will merely be to prevent the second unit from coughing up double digit leads, which we all fear, admit it. He’s got size, strength, handle, playmaking ability, shotmaking ability and dedicating to defense just like every other Celtic does isn’t out of the realm of possibility. House should not be running the second unit. TA definitely should also not be running it. I don’t think Gabe has convinced anyone he should be trusted with that responsibility either. Many positives, in a cascade effect, will flow from Marbury running the second unit. House gets to play off the ball and fire away. Something everyone knows he’s immensely more valuable doing. TA will not be relied upon to initiate offense, er turn the ball over wildly and regularly. Powe, Baby, Scal and now Moore can all be left in their most appropriate roles, not routinely throwing up desperate heaves because nobody could create any decent offense in 22 seconds. Plus, with the reserves not hemorrhaging leads, all the starters get more rest as a whole, but he could also specifically spell Ray or Pierce.
    Again, I know this has been hotly debated, but I see this as a GREAT pickup. Not only will he not cause turmoil, I think he will ironically stabilize almost every position on this roster and really set the Celts up very strongly for the postseason.

  • Papa Irish

    THIS COULD GET INTERESTING

  • http://www.dunkonu.com dunkonu

    This makes the race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference so much more interesting!

  • Mizzle

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  • ThatGuyOverTheOcean

    Let’s just hope this works out… personally I don’t trust Marbury.

  • clumsy

    Just like the old times..Steph to KG..
    Be positive guys. Steph will prove something to the Knicks. He wont be a bonehead with the C’s.
    Ubuntu!

  • SydneyCeltic

    Yikes. This scares me somewhat. I know we need someone like Marbury, but I’m afraid his asshole-ness will mess with the beautiful dynamic we’ve got going. Oh well, I’ll just keep my fingers crossed and see how things roll.

  • RedsArmySoldier

    DAMN!

  • scalsnutrisystemplan

    this is like settling for a pabst from the fridge and mr. skin after a failed saturday night at a bar. it might get the job done, but it’s not exactly what you were hoping for.

  • MikeClem

    I remember some celtic fans bashing this guy
    now you guys are celebrating you got him?
    hmm….

  • Orb

    I’m going with “cautiously optimistic” at this point. What I don’t agree with is all the “playing with the Big 3″ stuff. In reality, Starbury will be playing with maybe the Big One, plus Leon, BBD, and Scal, or Eddie, or some combination thereof. If I’ve got a star on my head and I’m coming down the court to see Baby open for a jumper and Scal waiting in the right corner… I’m shooting. He’s not going to be the Big 3′s point guard, just the Other Guys’ point guard. THAT’s what scares me.

  • as1029

    congrats to danny ainge for screwing up ur team! this move reminds me of the lakers with kobe shaq malone and payton. too many stars and not enough role players.

  • Lakers aint shit until they dethrone us..

    starbury is in the bag and i do hope we also get joe smith for a “sota” reunion with kg.
    those punk ass fakers could kiss my ass! Good work danny at least its an upgrade rather than doing nothing at all.
    one more signing!

  • zauer

    Bright spot is that Marbury said couple of weeks ago that he is in best shape in his career. Maybe he will defend better because of that. He can prove everybody was wrong about him, no matter how stupid he was/is he’s in his 30 now and i think he will help

  • …in DC

    From a guy that initially didn’t want any part of this guy:
    Big upside, no downside. He becomes a problem, we cut him and are not on the hook financially.
    Let’s face it: it’s either him or gabe pruitt getting those minutes. SM and House will play together in the backcourt often I’m sure.
    We picked up Sam last season and how did that work out? Sure, we won it all…but eventually Sam was benched in the playoffs and once House returned to the rotation–the Celts hit their stride.
    It’s revisionist history: PJ was great, Sam not so much.
    So I say, let’s take a shot with SM. If he doesn’t work out, he ends up on the bench or cut.
    No harm, no foul.
    And let’s try and get Joe Smith while we’re at it.

  • Lakerhater

    OK, I’ve stayed out of this until now. This guy is a human anal paulup- BUT:
    1) Danny signed him short term little money
    2) If it doesn’t work, who was available that was better?
    3) KG, PP, and Ray will keep him in line or he’ll go.
    4) DRJ hit the nail on the head- its in HIS interest to behave and perform for the C’s for a short period of time so he can bilk some unsuspecting GM (ala Elgin Baylor) out of big money contract next season.
    Once again, Danny did the best he could with what was available. Out here on the west coast we all thought WTF? when Red A. signed Bill Walton- a screwball generally interested in himself. Lets give Danny a chance (while we plug our collective nose), maybe it will work out.