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With Lin out, Felton told he will be Knicks starting point

Jul 17, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton

This is the thing that should make Knicks fans nervous about Jeremy Lin being allowed to walk off to the Rockets — the two point guards left on the Knicks roster were not really good last year.

Felton was out of shape, turned the ball over nearly on nearly 20 percent of the possessions he used, shot 40 percent overall and 30 percent from three, and was nothing like the guy most Knicks fans remember from the fall of 2010. There is a reason the Trail Blazers wanted him gone. Jason Kidd is 39, can’t defend much any more and while he can knock down threes and has an undoubtedly high hoop IQ, his ability to execute what he needs to do is fading.

But those are your guys, and Felton is your starter according to a tweet from Marc Berman of the New York Post (via Sulia).

As we reported, Felton was promised starting PG guard when he signed, with Kidd as backup. Felton, Kidd, Spanish League warhorse Pablo Prigioni as third string will be fine. Unsure of Linsanity clamor once Felton came aboard. Why create an uncomfortable logjam filled with controversy. That’s not exactly what feel-good Disney Movie from last February/March was about. That was an unforgettable moment in time and would never be same. It passed when Lin redid offer sheet.

The on the court gamble the Knicks took is this: That the 26 games that Lin played for the Knicks were a bit of a mirage and he would not be as good with Carmelo Anthony dominating the ball. And they bet that Raymond Felton can return to form, not All-Star form but average form with some threes would be good enough.

A lot of Knicks fans don’t like that gamble. I can’t blame them, I wouldn’t have made it either.

  1. fishfiletkray - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    With or without Lin knicks will never win with carmello. The guy is a bad teamate and a ballhog.

    • yournuts - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM

      You sound like Dan Gilbert when LeBron left Cleveland. Now he has to eat his words.

  2. dysraw1 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    boy a lot of ppl sure hate Melo i somehow get the feeling that it really has nothing to do with b-ball, how can a guy be a ballhog if hes second on the team in assist. all ive seen since his arrival is improvement in all aspects of his game granted hes no Bernard King but every year the guy is going to a new level so hate on and keep up with human stupidity

  3. fishfiletkray - Jul 18, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Carmello doesnt even belong in the same sentence as lebron buddy! All melo does well is score. He doesn’t make anyone around him better and doesn’t like defense.

    • jetstizzi85 - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

      Are you really compairing 2 completely different players? This is like comparing Jordan and KAJ. The 2 players play entirely different types of basketabll.

      Also, if you look at the end of the season (home stretch for NY) Melo’s numbers were great in all areas, including D, APG, RPG.

  4. newyorkfootballjets - Jul 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Effff lin and landry when we have the future of the knicks in beast mode shump

    Knicks > Nets by far

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