“I think it’s personal now,” Marbury told ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan, reacting to comments made by Brown on Tuesday. “I don’t think it’s about basketball anymore. Now it’s to the point where he’s putting his 30-year career against my 10-year career. You know, coach is a great coach is what everyone says. We’re supposed to be better than what we are. Did it happen now? No.”
He also said Brown’s comments on Tuesday — in which he put up his record against Marbury’s, pointing out he’d never left a team in worse shape than when he took over, and asked reporters to compare respective track records — were a sign of insecurity on Brown’s part.
“He always crosses the line,” Marbury told Sheridan. “That’s not nothing new. Certain coaches deal with certain things certain ways, and he handles his things through the media as opposed to sitting down and talking with people. And still, if you sit down and you talk with coach, it’s liable to get back to everybody, so you’re really not safe there either.”
“So, you’re the best guard in the league and the team is 17-45, yeah, it’s the coach’s fault,” Brown told Sheridan. “I don’t know why you play a team sport and not be concerned about making your teammates better and helping your team win games. That’s the only thing that really matters, and if you’re the best player, surely you’re going to have some effect on the game’s outcome.”
Incredibly, I agree with both of these jokers. Brown’s public critiques of Marbury are hardly constructive. Marbury’s legendary insistence that he was the league’s top point guard is going to haunt him until the end of time (or at least until he helps a team win a playoff series, which ever comes first).
Presumably, an organization with a GM that wasn’t facing the distractions of a sexual harrassment suit would let both the player and coach know that this sort of thing is a public embarrassment and they should just give us a break.