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Stephon Marbury Is Not CRAZY, People!

Last week, Stephon Marbury, still hanging around being a Totally Normal And Sane Human Being, supposedly told a Chinese journalist that he rejected the Miami Heat's offer to play with the newly minted triumvirate terrible down there. Marbury, because he is Reasonable and Logical and Someone Who Does Not Act Erratically In Any Way, says that's not correct.

Marbury says a Chinese reporter misquoted him.

"It's total nonsense, why would I turn down a chance to play for the Miami Heat?" an irate Marbury told The Post from Beijing. "The report was a fabrication."

Assuming Marbury is not unwittingly making a point about some purple bears he found rummaging through his moccasins rather than basketball, we think he probably was misunderstood, so unlike him. He says he meant that a team with the LeBron/Bosh/Wade trio didn't necessarily need a point guard, and the reporter took it to mean Stephon specifically said no to the Heat. That explanation, God help us, makes sense.

Marbury says, "[The Heat] told me they'd get back to me. I haven't heard back." Give them time, Stephon. Give them a lot of time.

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