Ex-Knicks star Marbury thinks Amar’e-Melo tandem isn’t great
New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Former New York Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury said he still doesn’t think the tandem of Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony will lead to more wins and even a championship, insisting the two All-Stars complicate each other’s playing style.
“Amare needs a point guard like Steve Nash (to thrive). He’s a pick-and-roll guy, a pick-and-pop guy. He can’t play in the half court where everything’s slowed down,” Marbury told ESPN New York Wednesday.
Marbury added he doubts whether Knicks owner James Dolan really brought Anthony to the Big Apple to win games.
“I don’t know if (Knicks owner James) Dolan brought him in to win games or to make money,” Marbury told ESPN. “I think it was to make money.”
Marbury, a two-time All-Star game participant, still thinks Anthony is the most talented player on the Knicks roster, though the coaching staff is struggling at utilizing his skills.
You knew what he was when you got him,” Marbury said of Anthony, according to ESPN “Let him do what he does.”
Nevertheless, Marbury said the Knicks are still a playoff-bound team.
“I think they have a good team,” Marbury said. “They could make the second round (of the playoffs).”