1-on-1 with Raymond Felton

Jonah Ballow


Raymond Felton’s desire to prove his detractors wrong was quite clear during a one-on-one conversation with the newly acquired Knicks guard in Las Vegas. In fact, if the New York Summer League squad tossed him a jersey, he probably would have put on show for the crowd at Cox Pavilion in a matter of seconds.

Felton described his offseason, “Getting ready and getting in shape. Listening to all those people talking about what happened in Portland last year and just ready to shut up a lot of people’s mouths.”

The former point guard for the Knicks watched the Summer League action next to Amar’e Stoudemire as the two explosive players reunite once again. Felton was a co-captain with Stoudemire while averaging an impressive 17.1 points, nine assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.8 steals during the 2010-11 campaign in New York.

As soon as the subject of joining forces with Stoudemire was broached, Felton beamed with excitement, “Trying to bring our chemistry right back and add some more guys along with it.”

Felton was acquired in a sign-and-trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, effectively creating a new-look backcourt that includes 10-time All-Star Jason Kidd. New York also re-signed key pieces of the puzzle by bringing back J.R. Smith and Steve Novak.

“Great team – I think this is a team that can possibly win the whole thing. I think we are going to have a good – solid defensive team and that’s the first thing I’m going to try to make sure everybody is ready to do, is to play defense,” Felton said.

The 28-year old explained his excitement for the opportunity to perform at Madison Square Garden with the Knicks across his chest. He inherits a crew with immense offensive firepower and his playmaking skills at the point guard position will be essential for New York this upcoming season.

“It feels good,” Felton acknowledged. “Feels good to be home…back in New York. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time and for it to actually happen again is good.”

Felton said he will head back to New York soon and begin the training process to make sure the new group gets an early start prior to the camp with head coach Mike Woodson. There is no question about it; Felton is back in the New York mix and full of motivating factors that will provide fuel for his success on the floor.

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