Chris Webber Scolds Q

9 01 2009

A lot of times people that criticize athletes really have no idea what’s going on.  Especially on the internet, Stephon Marbury has turned into a caricature of an athlete and I think it’s a shame.  We like to build them up just to tear them down, I guess.

Chris Webber has some great thoughts here and he’s completely on-point.  None of us really know what the hell is going on.  And although Quentin Richardson is closer to the situation and being on the Knicks is frustrating, it’s just a bad move to go out and fling mud at Marbury.

Here’s an excerpt from Q’s comments:

“He hasn’t played with us all year. Regardless of what you have going on with the organization or what you have going on with your coach or whatever — you’re not going to allow your teammates to be left out there the way we were basically being left out there.

This is directed at us regardless if you’re trying to stick it to whoever you’re trying to stick it to.  At the end of the day we’re shorthanded, people are hurt

Once again, I don’t pay attention to [Marbury] because I don’t look at him as a teammate anyway.”

Is Q out of line or on point?


While in Memphis…

1 10 2008

I’ve been in Memphis for the past week or so on business.  I pretty much hooked up a BBQ rib IV into my arm so I haven’t had the time to write.

I did, however, read Dave Zirin’s piece entitled “Leave Josh Alone” where you will find his commentary on the unfortunate public outcry against Mr. Josh Howard.  Zirin pokes holes in the insane backlash against a 3-second clip taken from a cell phone camera.

Athletes’ public personas are addressed.  It always interests me how some athletes are demonized for expressing themselves.  In the meantime, reporters are baffled that other athletes seem to only deliver canned phrases like “taking it one game at a time.”

The issue of fusing sports and nationalism together is intriguing.  I’ve never quite understood why the concept has stayed past World War II and I’ve commented on it several times here.  I’ll let you read his article because the last paragraph is worth the wait…