Stephon Marbury is also not pleased by that characterization of Irving and the comparison that was made. “There’s always someone pushing a narrative to the public about Black men who have a voice respect and the ability to make millions or billions of dollars,” Stephon Marbury told me via text message.
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The right offer of cap flexibility and draft picks could have Horford relocating. Horford understand this. He says Presti has been up front with him. “I think anything is possible,” says Horford. “But I’m not going to dwell on [any trade talk] too much.” And it’s worth noting the Thunder are in no hurry to deal him. Oklahoma City has one of the NBA’s lowest payrolls. And they see value in keeping Horford around. He insists he is satisfied with his situation—and thrilled to get the chance to wipe the memory of last season away.
Horford has warmed to Oklahoma City quickly. He appreciated the straightforwardness of Thunder GM Sam Presti. “He just told me he wanted me to come in here and have an impact in the culture here in the locker room,” Horford says. “Just everything that I’m about, to bring it over here.” And he marveled at the lengths the organization will go to for players. “I’ve been in different places, but this is just a very special place,” Horford says. “And I had no idea. From afar, I’ve always seen Oklahoma City and the Thunder as a good organization, but I didn’t realize how special it is here.”
Horford’s addition—at the premium price of a four-year, $109 million deal—was supposed to push Philadelphia into the Finals. Instead, the Sixers were broomed out of the first round of the playoffs. “I just think, just putting it all out there, I just think it just wasn’t a good fit,” Horford said in a telephone interview. “We just weren’t jelling. We weren’t meshing. And obviously, we had a lot of big guys out there in particular out playing and it just wasn’t fitting.”
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