As everyone is aware now, there's been a recent trend of some NBA players leaving to play ball in Europe. There are also many players that are using this as leverage to get bigger contracts. But in some cases I don't think that tactic will work. A year ago Stephon Marbury said he wanted to play in Italy after he's done with the Knicks. He re-echoed that sentiment to Marc Berman of the New York Post:
"Why wouldn't you want to play basketball, still make money and live in a place that's beautiful...Milan is definitely where I want to play basketball at. That's where I fell in love with Italy."
He might love Italy, but America will always have a special place in his heart. Marbury on if the Knicks were to move on without him:
"There's no place but America where you can make 20 million dollars for free. I can't get mad if they want to go in a different direction and want to pay me. All I can do is say thank you and appreciate it and understand it's a business and I'll keep moving."
You think Italians will be ready to substitute their Gucci loafers for the Starbury Collection?