|Game 5: Marbury comes alive||05.12.09 at 10:06 pm ET|
When Rajon Rondo went to the bench with his fourth foul midway through the third quarter, Stephon Marbury lasted just four minutes before he was yanked in favor of Eddie House.
Look who’s back. Marbury checked back in at the 8:49 mark of the fourth quarter and proceeded to score 11 points in just under three minutes. The problem for the Celtics is the lineup they have on the floor–Marbury, Eddie House, Ray Allen, Brian Scalabrine and Glen Davis hasn’t been able to keep Dwight Howard and Tony Battie from getting easy baskets on the other end.
With 5:55 left the Celtics trail 83-74 and Marbury will be going to the line for his 12th point.
|Positive impression left by Marbury||04.30.09 at 4:27 pm ET|
For many of the Knicks, there was no love lost by the time Stephon Marbury officially left New York in February. Their relationship had been tarnished for months, if not years. But there was one player who had been positively impacted by Marbury in just a matter of weeks.
“It’s funny that you asked me [about him]. He was a very good mentor to me,” said Anthony Roberson. “When I got here in the short time I knew him, he was very encouraging to me. He always made sure I kept a good attitude and was working hard and always had good, positive stuff to say about always getting better every game.”
Roberson, now a member of the Chicago Bulls, met Marbury after signing with the Knicks last summer. He was returning from a stint in Turkey and was trying to get acclimated with his fifth organization in four years. The veteran took the newcomer under his wing during the preseason.
“When he was in practice we always shot together after practices, he was my partner,” Roberson said. “He always had a very positive attitude toward me in the time he was here with me. I enjoyed all the things he told me, just helped me get better every single day and keep a level head and a positive attitude.”
He added, “[He was] very accessible to me. I would always talk to him if I had a question, from offense to how to really react to certain situations to being on the court to always being ready and prepared for my opportunity, and always staying ready. He was very positive and the things he said were very valuable to me in the time he was [in New York].”
Marbury was eventually banished from the Knicks. Roberson was eventually traded to the Bulls. Now the two are on opposing teams in the first round of the playoffs. Despite their different uniforms, there was a time when they only wanted each other to succeed.
Said Roberson, “He had a good heart and was encouraging to me.”
|Marbury opens up on E:60||04.29.09 at 11:25 pm ET|
On this week’s episode of ESPN’s E:60, Lisa Salters sat down with Stephon Marbury for an in-depth look back at his road to the Boston Celtics. Marbury opens up about the highs and lows of his 13-year NBA career, including leaving Kevin Garnett and the Minnesota Timberwolves, returning home to the New York Knicks and the turmoil that ensued, the impact of his father’s death, and signing with the world champions.
On 2009 NBA season:
Everything that I went through this year, it was tough. It was like being in jail. Then to end up in this situation, it’s like you go from hell to being in heaven.
On demanding a trade from the Timberwolves in 1998:
I don’t want to tell you that I’ma stay, I’ma stay, I’ma stay here, and then when it’s time to re-sign, then I leave and then ya’ll stuck and then ya’ll don’t have a point guard. So I was looking out for the franchise and I was trying to do the honorable thing. [Salters: Why didn't you want to stay?] I just wanted to, I wanted to move, move on. You know I wanted to leave Minnesota. I didn’t want to live there.
On joining the Knicks in 2004:
That was one of the happiest times of my life. [Salters: Why?] Because I got an opportunity to go back home. I got an opportunity to play for the team that I idolized. I felt like going home was gonna be perfect for me.
On Knicks sexual harassment case:
I wasn’t proud of the things that I did. Not at all. You know it wasn’t the right thing, you know. I made a mistake, I’m human. And I asked for forgiveness, I apologized. There wasn’t nothing else I could do.
On death of father, who suffered heart attack during Knicks game unbeknown to Marbury:
I basically lost my mind when my father died. You know, going to the psychiatrist was the best thing that I ever did. You know growing up, growing up in the projects you think you go to a psychiatrist, people are gonna think you’re crazy. No. You’re crazy if you don’t go. I had post traumatic stress from different things that was going on. [Salters: Was it diagnosed as post traumatic stress?] Yeah. He told me, he was like you’re a mess right now, basically.
|More minutes for Marbury?||04.19.09 at 3:23 pm ET|
Stephon Marbury played 10 minutes in the Celtics Game One loss to Chicago. Head coach Doc Rivers thinks that may not have been enough.
Marbury was scoreless after attempting just two shots. It wasn’t that he couldn’t get open, either. Marbury has been playing selflessly since joining the Celtics, often passing up his own looks.
“Steph’s going to be fine. He should have been more aggressive but I should have played him more,” Rivers said after practice on Sunday. “I don’t think I played Steph enough last night to get him going. I thought in the first half the second unit actually had a nice little rhythm going, and in the second half I didn’t play him as much.”
Marbury has a postseason career average of 18.4 points, 6.5 assists, and 3.7 rebounds in 41.1 minutes. Prior to this series, he played his last playoff game in 2004 with the New York Knicks.
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|NBA Playoffs hit Facebook, Twitter||04.08.09 at 1:02 pm ET|
In promotion of TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights,” Turner Sports is rolling out a multiplatform marketing campaign via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.
Just as Paul Pierce and Stephon Marbury have already done, TNT and NBA TV personalities including Craig Sager, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Chris Webber, Steve Smith, Eric Snow, Gary Payton, and Rick Kamla will regularly update Twitter pages starting on April 14.
Beginning on April 19, sponsored ads will run on Facebook inviting users to ‘Become a Fan’ of the TNT Facebook page. That same day TNT will also run ads on Yahoo! Sports to promote their playoff coverage. On April 20, YouTube will run videos from NBA players promoting that night’s games.
|To Tweet or Not to Tweet?||04.02.09 at 1:07 am ET|
“first 5 people who meet me at the garden in the players parking lot entrance at 445 with my jersey on get free tickets password is truth”
Less than a week ago, Paul Pierce started a frenzy in Boston when he began offering up Celtics tickets on Twitter. Since then, fans have been heading to the TD Banknorth Garden in hopes of snagging a hand delivered gift from Pierce. This was no joke — five lucky fans watched the Celtics beat the Oklahoma City Thunder from Pierce’s personal suite.
In just three days, Pierce’s invitation blew up all over the Internet. But on Wednesday, after tweeting about tickets for the Celtics-Charlotte Bobcats game, he had to renege his offer with this announcement: Do to the ammount in traffic and responce we r gonna to pospone this givaway for fridays game.
While Pierce has created a tweeting phenomenon in the Celtics community, not every player wants to put their lives out there for anyone to simply “follow” with the click of a mouse. How do other members of the Celtics who are not on Twitter view the social network?
“I wouldn’t say that I would be against it,” said Ray Allen. “I think when we do something, it becomes habit forming. So when you do it over and over again, you somewhat have to stick to it because people expect it. It’s like if you score 20 points in your first NBA game, they expect it the next game and the next game after that. So it becomes a ritual that you somewhat have to perform. But I wouldn’t be against it.”
There are dozens of NBA players on Twitter. Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O’Neal was one of the first to publicize his profile. More recently, Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva brought tweeting to the forefront when he was punished for sending updates from the locker room during halftime of the Bucks-Celtics game.
Celtics guard Stephon Marbury is also part of the Twitter community. He already posts personal videos on his website, starbury.com, but saw this as another outlet to spread his own message with statements like: i like the direct connection to the fans. no espn, no local news, just me and twitterland.
Allen agrees there are benefits to putting the words back in the players mouths.
“I think a lot of times when we do what we do around here, speaking to the media before and after games, we have no control where it goes and how it goes,” he said. “A lot of times you could break the words up, they could be taken out of context, you never know. I think when you set forth your own agenda, you can put it out there the way you want it to be out there.”
For every player who has a legitimate account, there are even more whose identity is falsified. Take Leon Powe: According to Twitter, he has more than 300 followers who he keeps updated on his knee injury and even the weather. But as it turns out, Powe didn’t even know what Twitter was, let alone manage a profile.
“I don’t even mess with the computers like that. If I did, it would be cool, but nobody has come to me and talked to me about anything like that,” he said, adding, “I think being an athlete, it could be a positive but sometimes it could be a negative, too. Being an athlete, you’re always out there and people are always going to find stories and find what you did eight years ago. So it’s basically the same thing.”
Powe is in favor of using Twitter for a good cause, such as giving away tickets as Pierce does. But it feels invasive to him when people know the miniscule details of his daily life.
“That’s weird to me,” he said. “I don’t do that. I don’t do that. I think that’s weird, but that’s just me. I wouldn’t do it like that. But some players probably like doing that stuff. It’s based on what you like.”
Social networking sites also pose challenges for young players in the league. Rookie Bill Walker is still going through the process of figuring out what he should and should not say to the media. At least in the locker room he can rely on the watchful ear of a media relations team. His words would not be monitored, though, if he joined Twitter.
“You don’t know how much you can put out there and what to keep back. Right now it’s kind of just learning my way, what we can put out there and how much of ourselves we can show,” said Walker, adding, “If it sounds wrong to you, you shouldn’t say it. That’s what I believe. If you say something, just make sure it’s your opinion, your thought, and you stand by it.”
While other players weigh the options of tweets and twittering, Pierce and Marbury continue to keep everyone up to date on the Celtics. Welcome to, as Marbury puts it, “Twitterland.”
|Take your pic: Marbury or the trophy||04.01.09 at 8:38 pm ET|
Fans who sign up for a Boston Celtics license plate have an opportunity to snag a photo with Stephon Marbury or the Larry O’Brien trophy. Marbury will be at the South Shore Plaza on Saturday, April 4 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm. License plates cost $40 and benefit the Children’s Hospital Boston. They will be distributed once 1,500 are ordered. Those who sign up will also receive a Kevin Garnett T-shirt. For more information, visit www.celtics.com.