Hiatus Notes: Marbury, Gallinari, Van Gundy, Season

Former Knicks guard Stephon Marbury is working to set up a deal to bring 10 million N95 masks to New York amidst the coronavirus pandemic, Rich Calder of the New York Post writes.

Marbury has arrangements with a company in China that’s willing to supply New York with the masks for $2.75 each, Calder notes, roughly five dollars below what many retailers have been quoting around the state.

“At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn,” Marbury said. “This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York. I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of family … who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks during this time.”

Marbury played 14 NBA seasons before playing in the Chinese Basketball Association. With hopes of facilitating his idea, he reached out to Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who has struggled to get in contact with Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio. Despite the situation being murky, Marbury’s intentions are clear.

“We’ve been communicating back and forth with the city and state, and for some reason they are saying they don’t need any more masks, but the hospitals are saying they do,” Adams said.

Here are some other notes related to the NBA’s hiatus:

  • Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari has funded 400 COVID-19 testing kits, according to ESPN’s Royce Young. Gallinari partnered with the Oklahoma City-County Health Department to fund the kits and other equipment such as face shields, gloves, gowns and N95 masks. “There is a need, and so people in my position, if we can help, if I can help, it’s something that I feel that I want to do and I need to do,” Gallinari said.
  • Jeff Van Gundy does not expect the NBA season to resume, as relayed by the Boston Globe. “We’re all underestimating the fear,” Van Gundy said. The NBA is still determining how to proceed amidst the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed over 30,000 lives globally as of Sunday night.
  • Kevin Paul Depont of the Boston Globe examines why the NBA and NHL should consider canceling their seasons and shifting their respective focuses to September. Both leagues formally postponed their seasons just over two weeks ago due to COVID-19.
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9 thoughts on “Hiatus Notes: Marbury, Gallinari, Van Gundy, Season

  1. El Don

    Yeah never understood why such a supertalented player like Starbury isn’t in the HOF & on top of that he is a legend as a person.

    • El Don

      One must wonder why my comments keep getting deleted, so much for freedom of speech, right?

  2. mlbnyyfan

    Marbury did nothing to bring a championship to the city. The least he could do is help save lives

    • illowa

      You can say the same about patrick ewing, allen houston, mason, melo, and so on then too.

  3. x%sure

    There’s a lot of questionable politics going on regarding the supply of masks & basic medical things called “PPE”s. It is fairly consistent that medical people say more is needed but federal politicians and the FDA so no it’s all in hand.

    I suspect the fed.govt. thinks there is supply hoarding going on, and hospitals think that federal officials are covering up that they’re unready.

    • x%sure

      So Trump said similar things today sometime, but I was going by one of Ohio governor Dewine’s many live break-ins where he vented about the mask-reusing machines. The CBS affiliate here has cut off NCAA replays on TV too many times and now I vent.

      I hate the randomness of the news break-ins, the unknown start & finish, the rambling. Trump & CBS finally did it right yesterday, Trump getting to the point and Ben Carson not breathing on his neck from behind, and then CBS cutting it all off before too long anyway. That was Trump Sunday; Monday didn’t see it.

      Why quarantine inside?– it’s safer outside for people living with others, except maybe in dense cities. People who tested positive, or who cough, but not everyone.

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