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Alternate headline: TEAM CAPTAIN BANNED FROM TEAM BUILDING
In the continuing saga of how awesome the Knicks organization is at sucking at everything, the New York Post today revealed that co-captain Stephon Marbury has been banned from Madsion Square Garden by team president/coach/popcorn baron Isiah Thomas.
Marbury has been instructed by Isiah Thomas not to attend Knicks home games – another indication of the continuing feud between the former pals…
Insiders believe Thomas feels Marbury cost the Knicks the season by rebelling so strongly in November when the coach looked to remove Marbury from the starting lineup after five games. Marbury's bolting of Phoenix fractured the locker room. Thomas also resents Marbury for having surgery instead of trying to postpone it. "It was very bad timing for the team," the friend said, "but it had to be done."
Thomas said Wednesday if Marbury had the season he did in 2006-07, the Knicks "would've won five, six more games and we'd be right in the thick of things."
And in case you think that sounds preposterous, here are the current NBA standings. As you can see, the Knicks are a mere 26.5 games behind division leader Boston and just 21 games below .500. Why, if they'd won five more games this season, they'd only be 16 games under .500 and… still not good enough to make the playoffs.
But still. TOTALLY Marbury's fault, dude. You'll see. Isiah's gonna have the Knicks fixed up in a jiffy.