If it is indeed the case that Marbury learned of Mr. Williams’ death, asked permission to leave the team and was granted permission, it is Knicks management that will, again end with egg on its face. It will also be an indictment on - at least - the New York NBA press corps for failing to connect Mr. Williams’ death and Marbury’s whereabouts and provide tentative explanation for Marbury’s disappearance from the team.
“He was the backbone of this whole community,” said Rodney Brown. “With talented kids, he taught them how not to be bought. With lesser players, he took them under his wing. And with kids who didn’t have money, he reached into his own pocket to buy them sneakers.”…
“Some of us went to college, some went to jail and some wound up dead; Mr. Lou stayed here with the kids,” said Ray Brown.
Some of them were allowed up to Mr. Williams apartment to view his lifeless body laid out on his bed. One of them was Mr. Marbury.
Earl Smith, one of Mr. Williams’s former players who is now a personal assistant to Spike Lee, said Mr. Marbury was in the Williams apartment “crying like a baby.”
“We lost a coach, a mentor and a grandfather — Mr. Lou was all of those things,” he said.
Just a few minutes ago on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning Show, Mike Golic, in part, said this about Marbury:
“…in his selfish thought process that the situation escalated so much that he flew back to New York…. the perception of Stephon Marbury is that he had zero thought process of his teammates…”
Now, what happens when it becomes common knowledge - not to say that it should not be common knowledge already - that Marbury was grieving in his hometown and that was his reason for leaving the team? Will there be rounds of apologies from the press? Will anyone learn a lesson from this incident and attempt to flesh out a story that, on the surface might be salacious in its nature, but when researched contains sober elements that counter its sensational superficial appearances?
Of course not.