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Raymond Felton says he’s dropped 15 pounds since the end of the season

Aug 18, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

Raymond Felton AP

Raymond Felton has always seemed to be able to play just fine while carrying a little extra weight on his 6’1″ frame, although dropping some of those extra pounds would only help his performance in running the point for the New York Knicks next season.

According to Felton, who spoke to reporters at a charity event in New York this weekend, that’s exactly what he’s been working on over the summer.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

With the help of Washington D.C.-based trainer Keith Veney, Felton says he has lost approximately 15 pounds since the end of the 2012-13 season. He played at around 212 pounds last year and is encouraged with his new physique and the added speed it can lead to.

“I was quick before, but if you take off 15 pounds, you can be that much quicker,” Felton said Sunday at a Big Brothers-Big Sisters New York City event at St. John’s.

Blazers fans just mumbled several expletives to themselves.

Felton’s weight was an issue during his one season in Portland, which happened to be the 2011-12 campaign that was shortened due to the NBA’s lockout. Felton admitted he was caught by surprise by the lockout’s end, and was not physically ready to play once the season eventually began in December.

Felton was also vilified for whatever role he played in the complete implosion of the Blazers that season, which led to the firing of Nate McMillan and a couple of midseason trades that placed Portland into a full-blown rebuild by the time the season was finished.

All of that, however, seemed to be an aberration. Felton has fit in well with the Knicks, and his weight wasn’t an issue last season when he started 68 games for the team that finished the season with the second best record in the Eastern Conference. Dropping the extra pounds will only help him improve upon that effort next year.

  1. revischrist16 - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    he’s only now realizing that being 15 lb. less is going to improve his performance as a point guard?….

    • stephenlin - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      does this mean i won’t be able to use the #MOARCUPCAKES hashtag for felton anymore?

  2. miamatt - Aug 18, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    Hopefully it came from his head.

  3. jzone954 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:09 PM


    • fanofevilempire - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      and STFU.

  4. legend30 - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Does that mean he’s 305 lbs now?

    • money2long - Aug 18, 2013 at 10:27 PM


  5. 00maltliquor - Aug 19, 2013 at 12:37 AM

    I hope that 15 lbs. dumbbell didn’t hit his toes when he dropped it!

  6. dysraw1 - Aug 19, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    you guys can talk all the smack you want about my dude Bullit Bains,he will be a big part of what we do this winter. as he was last season. i just want him to avg.10 dimes a game.with Beno behind him pushing him up his level of play, this should be a exciting year.

  7. stephenolszewski - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:29 AM

    Spike is that you? ^^

  8. thenew013 - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Felton can ball regardless of his weight. They made the right move by getting him back and letting Lin go.

  9. raycharlesj - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:31 PM

    The Blazers fans should be overjoyed Felton didn’t work out now the have Lillard. They should be thanking Felton for playing overweight not mad at him.

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