Stephon Marbury reveals why he didn’t want to play for Timberwolves
For two-and-a-half seasons, Stephon Marbury and Kevin Garnett formed one of the league’s most promising young duos for the Minnesota Timberwolves. After being selected with the No. 4 pick in 1996, Marbury averaged 16.9 points per game in 167 games for the Wolves, who lost in the first round in each of his first two seasons.
Midway through the 1998-99 campaign, though, the 21-year old requested a trade, ultimately landing with the New Jersey Nets.
On the Scoop B Radio podcast, Marbury explained that, despite the fact that he “loved playing with Kev, he “couldn’t give seven years of my life living in Minnesota.”
“I grew up in New York in the melting pot where there’s Black, White, Chinese, Puerto Rican, Italian – all different types of races. And entering Minnesota, it’s predominately white. After me leaving Georgia Tech where I lived in Atlanta. So you go from a melting pot to a place where there is a lot of black people to where you go where it’s 6 percent black people. It was a culture shock to me.”
Marbury also acknowledged that the wintery weather didn’t help him acclimate to Minnesota.
“I’m not saying that I couldn’t have stayed there and played there. But with the snow, how cold it was…you’ll wake up and on some days you’ll go outside and if you don’t have this-and-this, you could die. I’m like, ‘I don’t want to die from this – I know I’m going to die one day, but I don’t wanna die from going outside to my car.’ It was just a different way of living and I wasn’t really down with it…going ice fishing and all of that. It really wasn’t something I was down for.”