When I was playing H.S. B-Ball I liked the Knicks, but I was in LUV with the ABA Nets and their running game, they were the best in the fast pace running ABA. Coaches and scouts went crazy when two of my teammates and I got to running the ball up the court so fast with just two or five dribbles before we score. We beat teams by 20 or more points.
Watching Marbury play H.S. B-Ball he was the Star of every game, in certain Halfs Marbury would eliminate his teammates from the offense. Nothing changed in Marbury Game.
The Nets Coaches Scott, Jordan, and O'Koren tried everything they knew to get Marbury into the fast pace running transition game to benefit Marbury lack of defense, but Marbury never put any effort into learning how to pass the ball off his dribble. And the Nets had some of the fastest running players that all got tired of Marbury halfcourt offense and pleaded the 5th to injuries.
Starting with Kittles, Gill, Steven Jackson, KVH, and when Rookie of the year Kenyon Martin bowed out with injuries sacrificing his ROY, G.M. Thorn knew he had to trade Marbury on draft night.
On the ESPN board the week the Knicks traded for Marbury, I posted a thread saying the Knicks will trade KVH before the deadline. Why?
because Marbury, Kittles, and KVH were the Nets Franchise Players, and Marbury blamed KVH for his trade to Phoenix.
Ex-Knick Coach Don Chaney coaches team-defense first, which was the best thing that could've happen to Marbury in his NBA career.
Marbury frustration in coach Chaney team practice lead to G.M. Isiah Thomas comming to the practice facility where the Knicks team practice was stopped by G.M. Isiah.
G.M. Isiah pulled Marbury out of the team-practice and the G.M. and Marbury went to a side basket to have their own practice together.
A week later Coach Don Chaney was FIRED in the worst way.
Did I just say destroy the Knicks, well that was me being nice.
Isiah & Marbury seperated the players on and off the court, and the players that had a bond with coach Chaney (majority of the roster) became seperated from the new coach HOF Lenny Wilkins.
This was done during the 2003-4 regular season.