Notebook: Felton happy to be with Knicks
December, 9, 2012
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesRaymond Felton puts up a shot against Chicago's Kirk Hinrich in the first half on Saturday night.
CHICAGO -- Raymond Felton's happy he'll be on the home team Sunday night when the Nuggets come to Madison Square Garden.
Felton was dealt to Denver from New York in the 2011 trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to New York.
He never wanted to leave New York at the time, and never truly fit in with the Nuggets.
"I was sick (after the trade). I was sick down in Denver," Felton said on Saturday. "I don’t think I ever hid that from anybody. I was sick. I never wanted to leave New York. But at the same time I still had to be professional and do my job."
Things, of course, have come full circle for Felton.
After a rough stint as a backup in Denver and a forgettable season in Portland last year, Felton landed back in New York after the Knicks decided against matching the Rockets' offer sheet to Jeremy Lin.
Despite his rough night against Chicago on Saturday (9-for-30 shooting), Felton is one of the key reasons the Knicks are off to a 14-5 start.
He's averaging 16 points and seven assists and knocking down 42 percent of his threes. After his hot start in New York, it's easy for Felton to smile about his rocky tenures in Denver and, later, Portland.
"That situation didn’t quite work out, so now I’m back home. This is home now," he said.
Another former Nugget and the headline act for Sunday, Carmelo Anthony, is questionable due to a laceration in his left middle finger.
15 TURNOVERS TOO MANY FOR WOODSON: The Knicks entered play Saturday averaging a league-low 10.8 turnovers per game. So when they turned it over 15 times against Chicago, it was a bit of a concern for Mike Woodson.
"We were a little bit out of control in terms of our offensive execution and I've got to take some of the blame for that," Woodson said. "I didn't help them get in to a lot of different things quickly. But then you've got to give Chicago credit because their defense was solid tonight."
DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR CHANDLER: Another game, another double double for Tyson Chandler. The Knicks center had 14 points and 18 rebounds -- nine on the offensive glass -- in the Knicks' loss.
Chandler's had double-doubles in three of his last four games and is averaging 14.4 points and 13.4 rebounds in his last five.