As the former Knicks point guard gets ready to re-release his line of uber-affordable “Starbury” shoes, Marbury has taken aim at the NBA legend in a series of tweets comparing the two hoop stars’ sneakers. Marbury’s footwear retails for $15. A pair of Jordan’s shoes can cost anywhere from $70 to $220, according to the Nike website.
The line folded in 2009 as Marbury’s NBA career fizzled out, but as Marbury teased in an Instagram post in late September, the Chinese Basketball Association’s most visible player plans to bring Starburys back on the market some time in the near future.
To pump up the relaunch, Marbury’s been on the media circuit talking up the shoe’s quality and deriding other sneaker brands as obscenely overpriced.
His latest shot across the bow at the sneaker industry comes at one person in particular. Marbury says he’s disappointed in Michael Jordan and tired of kids getting killed over his brand of sneakers.
Marbury called Jordan out over Twitter on Sunday night, labeling him a profiteer whose shoes have been “robbing the hood” of money and sparking violence for decades.