Former Knicks star Stephon Marbury trying to help New York buy 10 million low-cost N95 masks

Former Knicks star Stephon Marbury wants to help his home state with a deal that would allow them to buy 10 million N95 masks at cost. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Starbury looks like he's got his heart in New York still.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, former New York Knicks star Stephon Marbury wants to help solve the enormous shortage of N95 surgical face masks.

Making a name for himself in China after his NBA career, Marbury used his connections to contact a supplier in China to provide 10 million N-95 masks at the price of $2.75 each.

The cost is almost one-fourth the price of each mask in the United States after capitalist vendors have been selling them at marked up costs.

Marbury helps New York

Marbury grew up in Coney Island, New York but now resides in Beijing after carving a legendary career in the Chinese Basketball Association post-NBA.

The former Knicks star contacted Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to work on bringing the masks to the state after confirming the price and the number of masks

The struggle though is having to coordinate with the higher ups as Adams said he is having issues coordinating with Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

“We’ve been communicating back and forth with the city and state, and for some reason they are saying they don’t need any more masks, but the hospitals are saying they do,” Adams said Thursday.

New York bypassing the deal?

New York state Department of Health spokeswoman Jill Montag said she “had no idea who the borough president spoke to” and that the state officials “in charge” of buying masks “want to talk to Stephon!”
It isn't only the problem Adams is facing as he said he is also having trouble connecting with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office. There is no response at the moment according to Adams despite the initial contact between him and the mayor.

Despite all the roadblocks, Marbury still hopes he could help his home state in any way he could. “At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn,” Marbury said. “This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help New York," he added.

Marbury concluded by saying: “I have family there in Coney Island, a lot of family … who are affected by this, so I know how important it is for people to have masks during this time.”