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Spin out of Knicks media day: Raymond Felton is in shape

Oct 1, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

New York Knicks Media Day Basketball AP

There are a couple of reasons that teams hire full time media relations people and now hire their own reporters for their team Web sites, and driving traffic to those sites (so they can appease sponsors/advertisers) is just a part of it.

The bigger goal is to spin the narrative the way they want. It’s exactly what the Obama and Romney camps will do after Wednesday’s debate, except in our case it’s about the far less important topic basketball.

Reading the tweets out of all the reports at Knicks camp the big spin seemed to be “forget about Jeremy Lin, we’re not talking about him, but look what great shape Raymond Felton is in.”

Felton played pretty well with the Knicks a couple years ago, when he was running the Mike D’Antoni pick-and-roll with Amare Stoudemire all the time. That seems like eons ago. Felton was shipped out, landed in Portland then was unimpressive for the Blazers last year. And he owned up to why, tweeted Brian Mahoney of the AP.

The Knick went with one of the media day cliches — “We’re not talking about the past, we’re looking forward.” Jeremy Lin who? The Knicks are trying to turn the page on him but his popularity in New York makes that challenging. The questions will keep coming (especially if Lin plays well in Houston).

So the Knicks pushed hard on the “look what great shape Felton is in, he’s going to be great for us” angle. I don’t doubt that he comes in ready to play in much better shape.

The question of how good he is for them remains to be answered — Felton’s coming into an offense that ran through Carmleo Anthony last year and now may see more Stoudemire in the post. We need to see if Felton has got his groove back, and if he has how he meshes with this offense. If there is one thing the Knicks need, it is to figure out how to mesh this offense. Felton could be a key for that and if he can get it to work the Knicks look a lot better.

But for now — Felton’s in shape!

  1. dysraw1 - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    how J Lin does in Texas as nothing to do with the Knicks, he was here he did well and now hes gone. lets move on. one of things that bothered me about the team last season was how unmotivated STAT. looked at times maybe it was not getting enough touches or his health. but whatever the cause would love to that change. this is going to be one hell of season basket ball wise. so the Knicks,have to bring it this yr.

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      “How J Lin does in Texas as nothing to do with the Knicks”

      Technically true, but if Jeremy Lin does well despite a worse supporting cast in Houston, while Felton struggles, do you honestly believe that won’t be mentioned plenty by the media, fans, and potentially players like Chandler who became much more effective with Lin running the show?

      • dysraw1 - Oct 1, 2012 at 6:36 PM

        i expect J Lin to be marvelous i am sure he wants to prove that hes more than a 1 hit wonder.the thing is we fans have to move on.

      • money2long - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:01 PM

        just commenting on one line you said

        chandler was doing his thing when lin was on the bench. don’t get it twisted.

      • money2long - Oct 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

        meaning, before linsanity was even born, tyson was playing productively and up to his contract’s expectancy.

  2. cantonbound13 - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:15 PM


  3. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 1, 2012 at 3:30 PM

    Glad to see Raymond Felton is back in NY and in shape. Just play ball man!

  4. tonystrong - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Knicks have a solid team with a deep bench. They should have a really solid regular season this year, definitely a 50 win team if you ask me. Problem is, when the game is on the line in the playoffs, it’s going to be the same guys as last year on the floor. And those aren’t and never will be good enough to beat the Celtics or Heat so I wouldn’t expect to see a big playoff run out of them this season. Knicks improved their bench this off-season but bench’s don’t win championships and there is a reason why they’re called bench players. Because when the game is on the line those guys are on the bench…for a reason!

  5. dsjcn3 - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I guess Felton stopped having donuts as his pregame meal

  6. nbascreed - Oct 1, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Monday, Oct 1, 7:43 AM ET – Random Useless Hedge Fund – Greenwich, CT

    Dude: [enters boss’ office] I would like you to know that I’ve read all the latest Fed minutes, synthesized all Bernanke’s recent comments and am ready to offer this firm my cogent macroeconomic analysis!

    Boss: [looks up already perturbed] Oh…so you did what thousands of competent analyst in NYC, Chicago, London, Frankfurt, Dubai, Tokyo and Beijing did?

    Dude: [cheesing uncontrollably] YEP!!! Great job right?!?!

    Boss: Get the f*$# out of my office [looks down, continues working].

  7. timb12 - Oct 1, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    So Felton won’t be starring in Ratatouille 2? That’s a shame.

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