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Felton says younger Knicks better prepared for long season

Sep 24, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

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Gone are Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, and Marcus Camby.

In their place are Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani, Beno Udrih, and Tim Hardaway, Jr.

It’s not quite that clean and simple (Chris Copeland and Steve Novak are gone as well) but the idea is clear — New York got younger. Last season they were the oldest team in NBA history, this season they are not young but they are younger.

Point guard Raymond Felton told the New York Post that will make a difference this season.

“No knock to the guys we had last year. Those guys had incredible careers. I wish I could play that long. But we are young. That’s what I’m saying. We’re a younger team this year. We still got depth from last year, but we also have a younger bench. That’s going to help us later in the season.”

Felton put himself in the time-honored pre-camp category of “I lost 15 pounds this summer and feel the best I have in years.” Every team has one or two of those guys each season, this year for the Knicks it is Felton. All such revelations should be treated with skepticism until proven otherwise (and we see it improve his play).

The basic idea is this: the younger Knicks will not wear down as much, battle fewer injuries over the course of the season and win a few more games (they likely do win a few more, because they are better and in part because with teams going woeful for Wiggins there will be more wins for every good team). More importantly, they will be better positioned for the playoffs, where the Knicks are going to need to be healthy and better to advance farther than they did a year ago.

  1. legend30 - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Is he still 315 lbs?

  2. spthegr8 - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    If Raymond Felton said it……. Why in the BLUE HELL is their a picture of MWP like the article is about him.????

    • kinggw - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Its called irony. Felton talks about how the Knicks got younger when they are still going to rely on big minutes from MWP, Prigioni, Martin and even Udrih, none of whom are spring chickens.

      • spthegr8 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        ^^^^No it’s called no editing or proof reading by PBT is what it is!!!^^^

    • asimonetti88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      Why not have a picture of MWP? Guy is awesome.

      • katra2logic - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        Felton wishes he was in the condition MWP is…

      • jimeejohnson - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        Guy is nuts.

  3. asimonetti88 - Sep 24, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Felton says he lost 15 pounds every offseason. He played solid last year though, hopefully for the Knicks he can be effective.

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