Baseball opening day? Whatever. Final Four? BIG FUCKING DEAL. Cricket World Cup Final? PUH-LEAZE. Who amongst us wasn’t up very late last night wondering, “when will Stephon Marbury finally call his old best buddy, Marc Berman, and deliver some crucial insights into the Knicks’ playoff preparation?” Luckily for the Knickerbockers — riding high after winning beating Orlando and, uh, New Jersey in consecutive games earlier this week — Stephon’s 2010-2011 season with the Foshan Dragon Lions is over and according to Berman, the Coney Island product is “trying to buy Garden floor seats for the playoffs”. From Friday’s NY Post :

“When Amar’e and Carmelo realize it’s not about who, they’re going to be dangerous,” Marbury told The Post from his Westchester home.

“What everybody in New York has to realize it’s a team game and Carmelo is one player,” the Coney Islander added. “You have to have a lot of good players to win a championship. You have to have good players at “every” position. You can’t win with two, three guys. Carmelo? He’s a piece. Chauncey is a piece. Amar’e. You know you can win with those guys if you put other guys around those pieces.

“It’s a chess match,” he said. “You can’t win the chess match if you don’t have enough pieces. They have to add a big man first. It would change everything.”

Marbury still does not believe they have the right coach in Mike D’Antoni, who banished him when he took over.

“New York basketball is about defense,’ Marbury said. “You got to know New York to coach in New York. That’s why they should’ve hired Mark Jackson. Mike doesn’t adjust. Great coaches adjust. Phil Jackson adjusts. He will tell you I don’t coach basketball, I coach people.”