At 9pm last night, I logged on to check out Stephon Marbury's live UStream.tv broadcast… and it was one of the most entertaining couple of hours I've witnessed in a while.
The first 45 minutes or so was a hysterical train-wreck of Steph trying to get his camera to work. He must have asked "Can you hear me" a million times. Then, after a while, his boy popped up on the screen and we saw him for 20 minutes trying to guide Steph through the menus of his MacBook Pro. All the while, Steph is talking… some of it self deprecating humor… some of it asking for help… some of it was who knows what.
After a series of mis-fires… freeze-frames… and random dudes showing up in boxes during the feed… Steph just started answering questions. It was an hour-plus of a sort of stream-of-consciousness that I've never heard before. The questions were scrolling so fast, he could barely keep up… so he seamlessly transitioned from one answer to the next, barely referencing the new question.
Someone asked "do you like fried chicken?".. which spurred a whole rambling answer about not eating fatty acids because his family is big. Within half a second, he responded to the next question "is Rondo a prick? No, Rondo ain't a prick, he's a cool dude."
He was asked about Doc Rivers… and he went on to compare him to Phil Jackson… and describe how both guys put everyone's personalities in a sack, and… well… I'm not sure where that went.
How's JR Giddens? "Giddens got D up the ass. He's a stopper in this league."
It sort of was one of those "you had to be there" experiences… because it's hard to really appreciate exactly what we witnessed. But don't take my word for it. Here's how JE Skeets at Ball Don't Lie saw it.
Tuesday night, Stephon Marbury jumped on Ustream — a popular video streaming website once hijacked by Eddy Curry poltergeists — to answer a few questions. What started as a simple show
marred by technical difficulties quickly turned into an epic two-hour
Q&A rant still marred by technical difficulties. (Neither Marbs nor
his "IT department," which consisted of a guy who looked like Hancock, ever got the video working.)
But there was crystal clear audio, and honestly, it was the perfect example of what Twitter should be. "Direct, unfiltered, media free access." And oh, entertaining as all get-out.
He's got a ton of quotes… so I recommend heading over there. Here are a few
- "Can I rap? Yeah, I can rap. But I don't. Rap is just fast talking."
- "I'm not doing a movie like Bassy … yet. I got a movie coming out Christmas Day. Brooke Shields is in it."
- "John Stockton is a computer. He's playing chess with you. He's doing stuff to you before it even happens."
My phone started blowing up last night around
10:45, with some serious urgency in the texts and emails I was getting.
Did someone die? Was there a big trade?
Nope. It was Stephon Marbury giving the Internets the best entertainment money couldn’t buy last night
The one thing he didn't say is exactly where he'll play next year. He gave Boston a ton of love… and seems to be open to a return. So we'll have to see.
And here's the beauty of this. If you missed it, there'll be more. Of course, we'll keep you posted when he does another show. It's an absolute must-see.