NEW YORK -- Stephon Marbury will miss at least two more games and could require surgery on his left ankle.
Marbury went after practice Monday to see specialist Dr. William
Hamilton, who found inflammation around a chronically fractured
bone spur. Hamilton recommended Marbury wear a walking boot for
three days before being evaluated with an MRI exam.
"If the doctor says I have bone spurs in my ankle and he says I
need surgery, I'm going to get it," Marbury said. "I'm going to
get it taken care of. I'm not going to wait or hesitate because
that's my career."
Marbury didn't practice Saturday and missed Sunday's 89-65
victory over Detroit because his ankle was sore. He needed surgery
to remove bone spurs from the same ankle after he was hurt in 2001,
though the procedure was done over the summer.
This has already been the worst season of Marbury's 12-year
career. He has missed 12 games, most after his father died during a
game last month, and is averaging a career-low 13.9 points.
He also skipped a game in Phoenix, leaving the team after coach
Isiah Thomas told him he was considering removing the point guard
from the starting lineup.
"It's been tough," Marbury said. "This isn't the year that we
expected, so I'm not happy with the way how things are going. But
there's always next year."
Thomas said he didn't know how long Marbury would be out, but
expected him to return sometime this season. He seemed to leave
that in doubt before Sunday night's game, responding to a question
about Marbury's frustration with the offense by saying: "He's not
playing tonight so we'll cross that bridge when we come to it if he
decides to play again."
Once one of the league's most durable players, Marbury has
struggled to stay healthy in recent years. He was limited to 60
games two years ago because of shoulder and knee injuries, and
missed eight games last season, mostly with a toe injury.