Marbury insists he wants to stay in New York

Nothing has changed in the volatile relationship between Stephon Marbury and coach Larry Brown, but the vocal guard continues to profess his determination to stay with the New York Knicks.

Despite the contentious relationship that played out in the press this year and a miserable record, Marbury told the New York Post that he wants to "die a Knick."

Not one to shy away from grand statements, Marbury bordered on hyperbole in his love for his hometown team.

"If I ever was to be cremated, I'd want my ashes sprinkled on top of the Garden," Marbury told the paper.

"Playing here has always been my dream. I want to be in New York more than any place."

Despite the team's dismal 23-59 performance, Marbury thinks the players on the roster can improve.

"I hope that every player on this team comes back next season," Marbury told the Post.

"I honestly mean that. Every player. I think we have a great team. I think it will be so much different next year."

Reports surfaced this month that owner James Dolan may buy out Brown's contract, but the coach helped work out draft prospects last week. The Knicks own two late first-round picks in the June draft.