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Felton says he hears what you are saying, plans to prove you wrong

Jul 20, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

Raymond Felton AP

The second Raymond Felton was back with the Knicks, Portland fans celebrated he was gone and were all to happy to tell the tale about how terrible he was last season on the West Coast. The “Raymond Felton is fat” idea gained a lot of momentum online.

Felton heard it, heard all of it.

He was in Las Vegas watching Summer League and said he was ready to change that image, he told the New York Times.

“I’ve been listening to all those people talk about what happened in Portland last year,” he said. “I’m just ready to shut up a lot of people.”

But he also owned up to what happened in Portland.

“I won’t make any excuses,” Felton said. “I wasn’t in shape.”

He wasn’t, but he looked thinner when shown on NBA TV than he did last season. Felton said he lost weight, but would not say now much.

He also didn’t really mesh with coach Nate McMillan, whose style is to slow it down and grind it out a little. The result was him shooting just 40 percent, turning the ball over at the highest rate in his career and just generally struggling with his decision making.

It was pretty much the opposite of his time with the Knicks (he was traded out in the Carmelo Anthony deal).

In his last stint in New York Felton averaged 17.1 points and 9 assists per game, plus he had a real chemistry with Amare Stoudemire, but this is a different Knicks team with a different head coach in Mike Woodson. The offense runs through Carmelo Anthony now, and that will be an adjustment.

We’ll see how Felton does this time around. Fair or not he will be seen as the guy with fan favorite Jeremy Lin’s job and there will be a real pressure to play up to his old levels.

  1. mogogo1 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    “The “Raymond Felton is fat” idea gained a lot of momentum online.
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    It’s way more than an “idea” when the guy himself admits it is true.

    • Kevin S. - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      In fairness to Felton, he admitted it *was* true.

      • knightrider1755 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

        What else could he do? The proof was in the pudding.

      • blueintown - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        …and the pudding was undoubtedly in the proof.

  2. misterdreamer119 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Put down the donuts, and double cheesebergers get in the gym and earn your money son. Sheesh!

    • lmoneyfresh - Jul 20, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      Have you ever had a Voodoo Donut though? I mean that’s one of the best parts of Portland.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    This is a great opportunity for Raymond. If he fails because he is out of shape, that would be sad.

  4. knightrider1755 - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    If he fails and he’s in shape that would be sad too.

    • guyaneserj - Jul 20, 2012 at 1:47 PM

      IMO.. that would actually be far worse

  5. rajbais - Jul 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Raymond Felton has become this generation’s Quentin Dailey. Dailey was known to eat a lot of pizza.

  6. zeedoubleyou - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    The man was a C-cup for chrissakes. What was there to deny?

  7. cantonbound13 - Jul 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Krispy Kreme’s stock just fell.

  8. sageandjudahsdad - Jul 20, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Felton’s numbers with the Knicks were inflated due to speed ball offense. Same as Jeremy Lin’s. In a normal offense both are 10 pt 6-7 assist guys no more no less.
    With Melo and Stat and Chandler, that’s all you need. Felton will be serviceable and Kidd and the guy from Spain will be fine backups. #4 seed here we come.
    Oh yeah, and good bye to Linsanity, it was merely a diversion and a distraction.
    This is Melo’s team!! Like it or not.

    • scalfor3 - Jul 20, 2012 at 9:14 PM

      i wouldn’t like it too much if i were a knicks fan…

  9. bowmanj35 - Jul 21, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    I was saying the year before we got Felton, he was one of the last guys I’d want in a blazer uni, the it happenned. I felt cursed. the day Portland got rid of him and Crawford I was ecstatic. not that either of them are anywhere near melo but I view them the same, one dimensional over rated players. unfortunately for Felton, I’m not even sure what his one dimension was, and Crawford forgot how to shoot so he was more like a worthless player on the court.

  10. jon623 - Jul 21, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    He was a freaking joke here in Portland last year. Absolutely TERRIBLE. We called him butter ball, and couldn’t handle how agrivatingly pathetic he was.

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