A FEW SIDES of Stephon Marbury were on display last week when the Knicks' guard testified in the sexual harassment trial of G.M. Isiah Thomas. Jurors saw Seamy Stephon admit to the court that he had referred to the plaintiff, former team vice president Anucha Browne Sanders, as "a bitch," and that in 2005 he had lured a Knicks intern into his SUV outside a strip club. Later, onlookers got to know Sunny Stephon (right), who sang as he strolled out of the courthouse, complimented a reporter's shoes and smiled for pictures next to his purple Rolls-Royce. Just another day in Marbury's busy, sometimes bizarre off-season.
To celebrate his $10,000 donation to the Brooklyn Public Library (below), Marbury gives 60 third- and fourth-graders two books apiece and asks them to write book reports for him: "The kids who write the best ones ... I am going to take them on a shopping spree."
Marbury ends an interview with Bruce Beck on a New York talk show by dancing in his chair and shouting, "I'm bringing it out of you, Brucie baby! I want to see the spit on your mouth, yeah!" Marbury also uses what sounds like a slur to describe his wife, La Tasha, and tells Beck that he was "delighted" to kiss his own sister the previous day: "I felt her body and soul."
Marbury embarks upon the 2007 Starbury Movement Tour II, a 38-city bus journey on which he hands out his Starbury sneakers, apparel and free haircuts.
Ciao, bella! Marbury, who visited Italy in May, tells the New York Post that when his contract expires he'll play there. "My wife loved it," he says. "It's like a Beckham thing."
Marbury concludes a week of guest blogging on the Post website by getting philosophical: "I appreciate the love. I appreciate the hate. If there was no hate, we wouldn't know how to appreciate love."
A few days before Michael Vick pleads guilty, Marbury defends the Falcons' QB, comparing dogfighting to hunting: "From what I hear, dogfighting is a sport; it's just behind closed doors."