Frank Isola Drops Incredible Story About The Time He Met A 13-Year-Old Stephon Marbury At MSG
Jake ODonnell 12:04 pm, October 16th, 2015
Live look-ins can be dangerous -- just ask Dan Patrick -- which is probably why "Around The Horn" records theirs and waits to post them to YouTube well after they can be vetted for anything unsavory. Once again, ask Dan Patrick about this. But sometimes rolling cameras pick up distinctly human moments during commercial breaks -- moments that feel real and relatable and remind you that sports aren't just about esoteric debates and public shaming. Every once and a while it's nice to hear an anecdote about a professional athlete that doesn't involve something awful.
The New York Daily News' Frank Isola gave us one of those stories on Thursday's "Around The Horn," recounting his first encounter with Stephon Marbury in the mid-90s.
"I was just starting out, I got sent to a Knicks-Bulls game -- it was Valentine's Day, Michael Jordan was playing," Isola said. "I go in the Knick locker room and there's Marbury, who was a little kid at the time. I'm like, 'What are you doing here?' He goes, 'I snuck in, they're gonna let me be a ballboy.'"
"He stayed with me as I wrote my story and I said, 'How're you getting home?' and he said, 'I was kinda hoping you could give me a ride home.' I was like 'I'm not driving all the way to Coney Island,' he was like 13 years old. I said, 'I'll drive you to the Brooklyn Bridge and I'll pay for a cab,' and when I got to the Brooklyn Bridge he started crying, so I drove him all the way home."
The gesture wasn't forgotten.
"He got traded to the Knicks, it was his press conference, we were in Cleveland and somebody asked him, 'What's your fondest memory of The Garden?' He goes, 'Go ask Frank Isola, he'll tell you.'"
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