With Lin out for the season, the Knicks become at best one of those "tough outs" in the playoffs... basically a euphemism for "they have no shot." There is no way Baron Davis + Toney Douglas = reasonable 1-2 PGs, and I don't think that there's much doubt about that.
Stephon Marbury just led his CBA team, the Beijing Ducks (yeah, sounds like dinner), to their first-ever championship, averaging 33.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.2 assists per Finals game and scoring 41 points in the clincher. Reports are that he's changed his ways, and "has led by example, taking his gritty, muscular game and infecting a roster of young Beijing players with fight and tenacity."
Marbury has always had skills Toney Douglas can't dream about. Steph may or may not work out, but Toney is almost CERTAINLY not going to help (not enough, anyway). If this team is to have any chance of making some noise in the playoffs this year without Lin, they're going to need a bona fide point guard (whether or not Davis ever fits the description). Seems to me Marbury is one guy out there who might just fill that role.
I think NY may have a bad taste in its mouth about Marbury. Ok, so how about Aaron Brooks? He just finished playing for the other (losing) team in the Finals in China.