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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Stephon Marbury and Job Stress


TrueHoop reader David with some practical advice, to help you avoid what has proved to be a stressful element of his morning:

I thought I would share this just to save your readers any embarrassment.

The Marbury quote you provided ("You're a bum. You're nothing. You're caught up in basketball. Get caught up in life.") is hysterical. It's something that I could easily see friends using to mock other friends. "Hey, Mike. You're nothing. You're caught up in the new Grey's Anatomy season. Get caught up in life."

Just a caution: if you're going to use that quote in a corporate environment, over instant messaging, remember two crucial things:

1. Use correct punctuation (i.e., quotation marks) and citations (attributive tags or at least a lead-in sentence that provides context) to avoid any confusion. No one wants to think you're insisting them to "get caught up in life," unless you're Marbury, which is just funny.
2. Select the right screen name to send the quote to. Otherwise, sending "You're a bum. You're nothing. You're caught up in basketball. Get caught up in life," to your supervisor in a time of economic instability may cause some unwanted stress in your life.

Thought I would pass along that piece of advice to avoid the debacle I will likely have to untangle soon.