Marbury lines up 10 million masks for NY

Ross Houston
March 31, 2020

Now, Marbury is giving medical masks the Starbury treatment, as The New York Post reports he's reached out to government officials in New York offering to help supply them with 10 million much-needed N95 masks, which he says he can provide for $2.75 each as opposed to the usual asking price of $7.50 thanks to his relationship with a manufacturer in China.

And, he reportedly has a deal in place to bring the protective masks to NY for $2.75 each - about a third of the normal cost.

Marbury played in the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons among the Minnesota Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, and Boston Celtics.

"At the end of the day, I am from Brooklyn", Marbury told the NY Post. 'This is something that is close and dear to my heart as far as being able to help NY'.

"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", Marbury added. He became a coach there previous year.

"You are a true friend to this city", Adams tweeted.

However, when contacted hours later by The Post, 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 appeared city officials are still working on coordinating with Adams and Marbury.

Reuters has documented shortages of vital protective equipment in hospitals in hard-hit NY, where healthcare workers are hiding supplies such as facemasks from colleagues in other departments.

New York City has been the hardest-hit area in the country, accounting for nearly 34,000 cases and reporting 776 deaths of the state's total death tally, which stands at over 950.

"This is the new normal in the life", Marbury wrote. I lost a loved one to this invisible monster and the people who are trying to fight this virus need to be protected by any means. It has no heart or compassion as we're all exposed.

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