Marbury Hit With A Steep Fine

Stephon Marbury's decision to skip Tuesday night's game in Phoenix is going to cost him. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the New York Knicks have sent Marbury a letter informing the veteran guard he is being fined more than $180,000 for not showing up to play against the Suns.

Marbury told the New York Post he had permission from coach Isiah Thomas to leave the team, but Thomas would not confirm that.

The team plays tonight in Los Angeles against the Clippers and it isn't known if Marbury will be in attendance.