With Stephon Marbury’s Knicks visiting younger cousin’s Sebastian Telfair’s Blazers later tonight, both the NY Post’s Marc Berman and the Daily News’ Frank Isola chased the former for comments about the alleged feud between their families, as chronicled in Ian O’Connor’s recent Telfair biography, “Jump”.
From Berman’s article :
Asked if he was hurt by the book, Marbury said, “No. I know they just don’t know better. I don’t get mad at ignorance. How could you get mad at someone for not knowing that two plus two is four. I know how they think. Now they’re seeing and understanding what it’s about. You can’t satisfy everyone. It’s impossible.”
The book also details a well-known tale in which Marbury and Telfair went 1-on-1 on the project playgrounds a few years ago before a sizeable crowd. It was a physical battle in which they traded hurtful insults and Telfair schooled his older cousin.
When asked about the playground duel, Telfair (above) got angry, saying yesterday, “It was a basketball game we played against each other. You’re not going to get me saying something that will come between our family.”
Marbury believes the Telfairs have changed their tune since Sebastian turned pro. Marbury has a big family and supports his wife, kids, mother, father, brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews.
“It’s hard because everybody wants something,” Marbury said. “We knew they’d do a 360. It’s new to them. But we’ve been going through the last nine years and we know what it’s about.”
Marbury claims his family is unfazed. “We don’t, especially against family, hold grudges like that,” he said.
Marbury says he does counsel Telfair. “I speak to my cousin,” Marbury said. “I know he was young and he was being manipulated by someone trying to make money. That’s all [author] Ian O’Connor was doing. I totally think he took advantage.”