"Had Stephon Marbury stayed longer at the Knicks game Saturday night, he might have broken into a chant: "Fire D'Antoni!"
Marbury had no complaints that Garden security did not let him stay in a first-row courtside seat during Saturday night's home opener, but still has a beef with the Knicks head coach, feeling Mike D'Antoni should be fired in favor of Mark Jackson.
Marbury, the Garden's favorite villain, sat across from the Knicks bench with a video camera. He stayed for the first quarter of the Knicks' 141-137 overtime loss to the Sixers. The Knicks won their first game last night, beating the Hornets 117-111 to move to 1-3.
"They don't play no defense," Marbury told The Post yesterday. "The coaching is horrible. Horrendous. They need a new coach, and I'm speaking as a fan and New Yorker. They say good coaches get the most out of players and win games. I don't see it. Mike needs to coach a team with three All-Stars."
Team president Donnie Walsh hired D'Antoni over Jackson in 2008. Jackson, working as an ESPN commentator, will be at the Garden Friday when the Knicks host LeBron James' Cavs.
"They should give the job to Mark Jackson," said Marbury, who is family friends with the Jacksons. "Why couldn't he get that job? Fresh blood, St. John's alumni. He would've coached defense. Even Herb Williams would've.
"I'm tired of hearing LeBron James may come and be the savior. What about fans who come out, see the game now and pay money to see the games? If he don't come, then what?"- NY POST
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