Former Knick Stephon Marbury is looking to give back to the city he called home growing up and for five seasons during his NBA career.
According to the New York Post, Marbury has "made arrangements" to have 10 million N95 masks brought to New York City for medical professionals and first responders who are on the front lines combating coronavirus. The masks have been hard to come by, and retailers have been charging $7.50 per mask. Marbury is saying he's getting them for $2.75 each from a supplier in China.
"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."
Marbury says he still has family in the city, which is why he's been working hard to make this happen.
But, of course, it hasn't been easy to get this movement going.
"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," said Brooklyn Borough Pres. Eric Adams, who is working with Marbury to figure out how to get the masks into the city.
"So talks continue and hopefully the masks can get here soon. Department of Health spokeswoman Jill Montag told The Post that they "want to talk to Stephon!"