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Knicks' Marbury will have ankle surgery, but may return this season

NEW YORK -- Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury will have
surgery on his left ankle and is out indefinitely.

Marbury decided to have surgery after an MRI on Thursday during
a second visit with Dr. William Hamilton, a specialist who earlier
this week found that Marbury had inflammation around a chronically
fractured bone spur. The surgery is expected to be on Tuesday.

Marbury said Wednesday he would try to return this season, even
if the Knicks are well out of the playoff race. He has had this
surgery before and was sidelined for most of the summer.

Marbury has missed the past three games -- all victories. The
Knicks are 6-8 without him this season and 6-18 with him.

Marbury is averaging a career-low 13.9 points during what has
been the most difficult season of his career. He sat out 10 games
after his father died during the Knicks' home loss to the Suns on
Dec. 2, and also skipped a game in Phoenix after clashing with
coach Isiah Thomas over his potential removal from the starting
lineup.

Fred Jones has been starting during Marbury's latest absence,
with leading scorer Jamal Crawford handling most of the point guard
duties.