Mar 15, 2006 7:21am ET
Larry Brown Launches a Full-Court Rant
Howard Beck of THE NEW YORK TIMES writes, “Larry Brown and Stephon Marbury have vastly different ideas about what ails the Knicks. Logically, one of them is wrong. Brown is pretty sure it is not him. The debate could go on for months or years, but Brown all but declared it over on Tuesday, delivering a striking and harsh rebuke to Marbury's recent remarks. It was Brown's strongest response and his angriest, and perhaps his most honest appraisal since he became the Knicks' coach last summer. "Look, I've been coaching how many years?" said Brown, whose Hall-of-Fame career spans three decades. "I never left a team in worse shape than I got it. Not one. Now think about that. Think about me and think about the guy who's talking," he said, referring to Marbury. "I never left a team in worse shape. Never asked anything of my players any different than I'm doing right now. Think about that. Think about that. So the bottom line is, I want us to rebound, defend, share the ball, play hard. That's all. If you can't do that, if that's not important enough to you, it's not on me. It's not on me. And you owe it to your teammates to do that every single night if you care about the right things. We're 17-45, all right? So we've got to figure out a way to get better."