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Stephon Marbury’s easygoing strategy to the 2004 Olympic Video games, paired with Larry Brown’s overly-critical teaching fashion, created a depressing working surroundings for the previous All-Star level guard.
Speaking to Complicated’s Wallace Matthews, Marbury described his Olympic expertise as “the worst 38 days of my life,” thanks largely to Brown.
The now forty-yr-previous recalled the primary day of apply with Staff USA, with Brown going across the fitness center asking his gamers – which included the likes of LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, and Allen Iverson – for his or her respective objectives within the event.
“By the point he obtained to me, every little thing was stated that wanted to be stated,” talked about Marbury. “So I stated, ‘Let’s additionally not overlook that we have to have enjoyable.’ And Larry goes, ‘Huh. Take heed to this man, speaking about having enjoyable!’”
Marbury, embarrassed by the comment, did not recognize Brown’s condescension.
When it was introduced the next yr that Brown can be becoming a member of the New York Knicks as their new coach on a 5-yr contract, Marbury was something however on board.
“I begged Isiah (Thomas) to not convey him to the Knicks,” he added. “It was simply insufferable, man. No one needed to play for him. The entire power was horrible. However it was the surroundings he needed. Distress.”
Brown survived only one season within the Huge Apple, although, after the Knicks gained 23 video games in 2005-06.