Keeping Score: Stephon Marbury, 40, Seeks N.B.A. Comeback

“My goal is to finish strong with a team that can use some veteran leadership,” Marbury wrote. “I’ve been through a lot of situations in the game of basketball. I know I can help the younger generation like my vets (Terry Porter, Mike Williams, Doug West, Stanley Roberts and Googs) helped me.”

As to the question of precedent, look no further than Bob Cousy, the Hall of Fame point guard of the Boston Celtics. A small, brash, slick-passing point guard from New York City (sound familiar?), Cousy was coaching the Cincinnati Royals in 1969 when he decided he would strap on his sneakers for another stint as a player more than six years after he had retired in a day dubbed the Boston Tear Party.

The decision resulted in a public squabble…

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