Truant Marbury: Zeke Okayed Departure

Knicks fall to Suns 113-102 after guard mysteriously scrams
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Nov 14, 2007 12:33 AM CST
New York Knicks' Stephon Marbury reacts after he was fouled on the head during NBA basketball action against the Denver Nuggets Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Marbury was...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Stephon Marbury's career with the Knicks may be close to over, as the mercurial point guard left the team in the midst of a West Coast road trip and flew back to New York, saying Isiah Thomas had agreed that he could do so. Thomas disputed Marbury's account, saying he wanted the five-year Knick on the floor that night. The two allegedly feuded over the struggling Marbury's starter status.

In his absence, Phoenix dismantled short-handed New York, posting a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter. Said Thomas before the game, "Make no mistake about it, we do want him as a member of this basketball team. He is welcome back...." Marbury is averaging a career low in scoring, and plans to sit out thenext Knicks game against Los Angeles, as well.