Things have become official on the Stephon Marbury front as the newest Celtic it is uncertain whether he will be in uniform wearing #8 for tonight’s tilt against the Pacers.
(Update: The suspension of Gabe Pruitt by the team for 2 games for his DUI arrest makes Marbury dressing tonight a more likely possibility)
Zach Lowe will preview that affair in the coming hours but in the meantime here are a couple links of interest regarding the man of the hour.
Stephon is saying all the right things upon an arrival in Boston in an interview with Marc Spears reflecting on his time in New York and what his role will be in Boston.
Starbury also made a 5 minute video as a farewell to his New York fans and looking ahead to his time Boston. I have to admit he looked incredibly genuine here about his excitement to come to Beantown and play a role in winning a championship. Judge for yourself here
One other unique look at what the addition of Marbury’s means for the C’s comes courtesy of the Wages of Wins Journal as they dissect the numbers to consider whether even a model citizen Marbury can help the Celtics chances of attaining another championship.
Full press release:
BOSTON – The Boston Celtics announced today that they have signed free agent guard Stephon Marbury. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“We are very excited to have a player of Stephon’s caliber joining our team. Our entire organization is confident in the belief that Stephon can play an important role in helping us to win another championship,” said Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations.
Marbury, a 6’2″, 205lb guard, is entering his 13th season in the NBA and has posted career averages of 19.7 points and 7.8 assists per game. The former Georgia Tech product is third among all active players in assists with 6,396. The two time All-Star has averaged 20 or more points in a season seven times and has averaged eight or more assists nine times. During his career, Marbury has finished in the NBA’s top 5 in assists five times, and has finished in the top 10 nine times.
Marbury will wear #8.