You know I disagree with you on Marbury, but I'm going to try not to address Steph really in this post either positively or negatively.
Crawford's quote to me means that whatever was going on in the locker room between Steph and D'Antoni it wasn't a huge distraction for the team. That's good and speaks volumes about a young team. They aren't getting distracted (with the exception of Q) by the circus that has incurred. I personally think Steph should have just taken a cheaper buyout than being so stingy but he doesn't want to do it, and it's well within his right not to.
But, MSG, come on. This team is 8-8. Let me repeat that. THIS TEAM IS 8-8!!!!! People had them finishing as the East's cellar dwellars, teams used to see NY on the schedule and count it as a win. Teams used to come into MSG and run the Knicks out of the building. Well you know what, finally, FINALLY those days seem to be coming to an end. This team is playing a fun brand of basketball to watch, they are winning games and playing good teams close including Portland tonight (I write this at halftime of the Portland game). So, the fact that Steph isn't out there might bother you, fine. The fact that you think they treated Steph awfully is fine. You are entitled to your opinion, but come on man look at the big picture. This team finally isn't the playing laughing stock of the league anymore (while we might be the player-relations laughing stock, the games aren't played in the back office), and teams and players (including free agents) are starting to take this team kind of seriously.
We've seen Nate flourish off the bench this year. We've seen David Lee continue to work hard. We've seen Q improve over what he had been. We've seen Wilson Chandler explode onto the scene. And I think the new coaching staff is to thank. Are we really so short sighted to let all these good things fall by the wayside because of the way they treated one bereaved player? Are we really so upset over Steph being treated unfairly when so many more good things, positive things, have happened for the team we all love this season?
Hate Steph if you want to. Hate D'Antoni. Hate Q. But look at what's happening in NY, WE ARE NOT A JOKE ANYMORE! And that is more important to me than the happiness of any one player.