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    Breaking News [article] Grieving Marbury Takes Leave From Knicks Again

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    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury was away from the team again Thursday, and coach Isiah Thomas wasn't sure when he'd return.

    Marbury has missed six of the last nine games since his father died Dec. 2.

    Thomas hesitated when asked if he expected Marbury to bounce back and be a contributor.

    "He's really having a rough time," Thomas said. "I hope that he can come out of this because he's having a very difficult time."

    Marbury officially did not attend Thursday's practice because of a combination of flu-like symptoms and personal reasons. Thomas did not expect him to travel to Friday's game at Charlotte.

    "I'm more concerned with Steph just getting back to being happy and dealing with the stuff he has to deal with more than getting back for basketball purposes," guard Jamal Crawford said.

    Donald Marbury died after becoming ill while attending a game at Madison Square Garden. Stephon Marbury was in uniform for Wednesday's win over Cleveland but did not play. He had rejoined the team Sunday and played Monday, but didn't practice Tuesday on what would have been his father's birthday.

    "We'll get him as much time as he needs," said Thomas, who hadn't yet spoken with Marbury on Thursday. "Again, he's having a very difficult time."

    The mood was otherwise upbeat after Thursday's practice. A night earlier, the Knicks posted their most lopsided victory of the season, 108-90 over the reigning Eastern Conference champs.

    Forward David Lee started laughing when he was asked if he slept better Wednesday night.

    "Absolutely," he said. "Are you kidding me? I got home and went right to sleep. I had a couple nights where I didn't sleep as well thinking about a couple of those losses, so it was great to get a win."

    The Knicks have strung together back-to-back victories just twice this season, and each time both wins were at home.

    "I think this could be a big stepping stone for us," Lee said. "I guess we're going to see tomorrow. That's the big test: Can we follow it up with another win?"

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    Originally Posted by reckoning
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    I gotta respect Crawford and yes, Isiah, for being patient and understanding with Marbury, knowing that his personal health comes 1st. I pray for Marbury, hopefully he can get through the pain of losing his father but I would like to see him happy and fully through the grieving process before he comes back. It would be nice if the team can keep playing hard and winning games while hes away.

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    absolutely. there's nothing quite like losing a family member. especially a parent. it's times like those when you remember there is much much more to life than a stupid basketball game.

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    The death of his father is really affecting him big time.
    As we all know basketball is 90% mental and right now, Steph is very emotionally unstable...
    the death plus the fact that his dad's bday was a few days ago coupled with the fact that it's xmas - he's really struggling to cope with the whole situation.

    The fact that Marbury has lost weight so quickly is a sure fire sign of depression. I hope that he is able to deal with this ordeal and move on a stronger person.

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    i can see steph coming back blazing hot. Hes a fighter, hes got heart. Right now hes going through a tough time but i expect him to come back extremely focused.

    I must say also i respect crawford and isiah for showing patience. Its nice to know that people come before winning.

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    well the knicks arent really familiar wit winning either way...

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    I think this is waking crawford up and he is becoming a captain ... i feel for u marbury i say give all the time he needs

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    Originally Posted by thekidd13
    well the knicks arent really familiar wit winning either way...
    ill reword my post, People over PLAYING basketball

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    Originally Posted by MSGKnickz33
    I gotta respect Crawford and yes, Isiah, for being patient and understanding with Marbury, knowing that his personal health comes 1st. ...
    How pathetically gullible are you anyway. Marbury is doing nothing more than milking this situation for all it's worth in order to prolong the agony of having to get back on Thomass's SS Titanic.

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    w/Marbs - Knicks are 5-13(.278%)
    w/o Marbs - Knicks are 3-4(.429%)

    w/Marbs - Knicks averaging 92.1 ppg
    w/o Marbs - Knicks averaging 99.9 ppg

    w/Marbs - Jamal averaging 16.3 ppg, Fred Jones averaging 3.2 ppg
    w/o Marbs - Jamal averaging 24.1 ppg, Fred Jones averaging 12.3 ppg

    Maybe Thomas hopes he stays home?

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    Originally Posted by Starks
    w/Marbs - Knicks are 5-13(.278%)
    w/o Marbs - Knicks are 3-4(.429%)

    w/Marbs - Knicks averaging 92.1 ppg
    w/o Marbs - Knicks averaging 99.9 ppg

    w/Marbs - Jamal averaging 16.3 ppg, Fred Jones averaging 3.2 ppg
    w/o Marbs - Jamal averaging 24.1 ppg, Fred Jones averaging 12.3 ppg

    Maybe Thomas hopes he stays home?
    We're not a better team without Marbury.

    We're a better team when Curry's minutes are limited.

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    Originally Posted by metrocard
    We're not a better team without Marbury.
    Of course not. Don't let crazy things like FACTS cloud your judgement.

    Marbury has played for UNDERPERFORMING teams his entire career. But I'm sure it was always someone else's fault.

    There's so much more to being a basketball player than physical skills. The ability to WIN is most important, and in that area, Marbury is completely inadequate. People who keep buying into his hype are morons. You don't win basketball games by getting the most highlights on Sportscenter.

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    Now, as far as who I'd rather take, Marbury or Jones on my team....it's not even a question. JONES. Jones can't shoot as well, and he can't dribble as well, and he doesn't make as many fancy plays, but in EVERY OTHER ASPECT of the game, JONES IS BETTER. Defense, passing, hustle, rebounding and teamwork, JONES IS BETTER. Being able to win games, JONES IS BETTER. Look at the lifetime winning percentage since they've been in the league...JONES IS BETTER.

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    Originally Posted by mArBuRyIsAmOrOn
    How pathetically gullible are you anyway. Marbury is doing nothing more than milking this situation for all it's worth in order to prolong the agony of having to get back on Thomass's SS Titanic.
    Riiiiiiiight
    I guess Jordan was doing the same thing in 93 when he retired from Basketball because of the death of his father?
    Or when Odom took months off and also contemplated retirement when he lost his daughter....

    They were both milking the situation...right of course. They had to be.

    Some fathers actually play a pivotal role in their son's life and that loss cuts very deep.

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    Originally Posted by Trin_Starr
    Riiiiiiiight
    I guess Jordan was doing the same thing in 93 when he retired from Basketball because of the death of his father?
    Or when Odom took months off and also contemplated retirement when he lost his daughter....

    They were both milking the situation...right of course. They had to be.

    Some fathers actually play a pivotal role in their son's life and that loss cuts very deep.

    Spot on! You have just summed it all up in a post!

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    Who cares its not like we will get the W with or without Marbs anyway. Who gives a F#ck anymore.

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