Stephon Marbury explains why he could not remain with the Timberwolves

Stephon Marbury
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Stephon Marbury revealed why he decided to leave the Minnesota Timberwolves, after playing with the team for two and a half years.

Marbury said he ‘loved playing with Kevin Garnett’, but ‘couldn’t give seven years of his 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.

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,” Marbury told Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of

Marbury spent two and a half seasons with Minnesota (1996-1999), averaging 16.9 points per game in 167 games for the Wolves.