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Four years ago, in between games of NBA 2K3, a thought crossed Pablog's mind: "If the Knicks could trade for one player in the NBA, I would choose Stephon Marbury."

Why, you ask? Why in the world would Pablog ever think this thought?

Consider this. At the time, the Knickerbockers desperately needed a point guard (Charlie Heisman, Howard Eisley, and the indomitable Frank Williams weren't cutting it). Stephon was a point guard, he had attitude, he was very good, and he was--maybe most importantly--from New York City. I mean, he even played for Fat Joe's streetball team at Rucker Park during the summer. Excuse me if wanting Kobe Bryant just seemed cliché.

Of course, I got my wish in January of 2004. It was a rare example of life imitating Sega Dreamcast, and now you know the rest. (If you don't know the rest, incidentally, the rest was perhaps best documented by the blog, FreeDarko, which conclusively proved that Stephon Marbury is 30 Rock's Tracy Jordan. And by the New York Post in crude headline form, and on the inevitable random message board in cruder, womanizing form. And by the following quote from veteran defense attorney Ron Kuby: "Generally speaking, crude and vulgar language is not a part of a sexual harassment case. If you removed the f-word and the b-word, this trial would be cut in half.")

What's the point of all of this?

Oh yeah: I just bought two pairs of Starburys for $14.98 each at Steve and Barry's.

In the study of psychology, I think they call that "cognitive dissonance."

Starburys.
Right foot: old sneaker that's been with me for six years. Left foot: Starbury!!!

FOUR POINTERS*
*Four pointers will be a regular feature on Pablog that will give you four assorted items of note (pointers!) every night. Its name derives from the great, but apparently apocryphal, Antoine Walker quote, which he delivered after being asked why he shot so many threes: "Because there are no four-pointers." If you were wondering.

1. LeBron James wants the Indians to lose in the ALDS. Because he's a Yankee fan. How embarrassing, Cleveland. Maybe even more embarrassing than this. But not this.

2. Puny European cars bounce off Glen "Big Baby" Davis like ping-pong balls.

3. I hate to be a corporate shill, but you should really go out and read Gary Smith's feature on Joba Chamberlain, whether you're a Yankee fan or not. The aforementioned Mr. Smith is still the best sportswriter around--this piece doesn't crack his best, in my opinion, but it's very good--and his anthology ought to be required reading for sports fans that are literate. Just thought I'd get that out of my system.

4. If you're into mind-blowing experiences, go visit the other Pablog

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