Felton: Knicks shouldn't have worn black

May, 2, 2013
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GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- If he had a chance to do it all over again, New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton said he probably wouldn't have worn "funeral black" to Game 5 against the Boston Celtics.

Felton told ESPN New York 98.7 FM on Thursday that he initially was not aware that the Knicks' black clothing signified a funeral. At first, he said, he thought the idea was meant as a team bonding exercise.

"If I would have known that it was all of that, I would have said let's not do that, let's just come like normal and let's just play basketball," Felton said in an interview Thursday evening on the "The Michael Kay Show." "We shouldn't have done it, it's over with. Now it's time to go play basketball."

The Knicks drew criticism from their coach and others for wearing black to Game 5 on Wednesday in an attempt to mimic a funeral.

The Celtics trailed 3-1 in the best-of-seven series, but forced a Game 6 with a 92-86 win at Madison Square Garden.

So, as J.R. Smith put it after the game, "We were going to a funeral, but it looks like we got buried."

Knicks coach Mike Woodson said he was not aware of the players' dress choice until Thursday morning. He addressed it with the team on Thursday and said he was "a little upset" with their decision.

"I've addressed that with our players, and that's enough," the coach said. "The game is played on the floor, and that's where it should be played."

Center Tyson Chandler said the idea of a team wearing black to a potential close out game is nothing new. Chandler said he and the other Dallas Mavericks players wore black on several occasions during their run to the 2011 NBA title.

"It’s nothing against the Celtics," he said. "It’s something we were doing as a team. It wasn’t meant to offend anybody or anything like that. It was meant to motivate guys in the locker room."

The Knicks are hoping to avoid making the wrong kind of history: they'd be the first team in NBA history to lose a playoff series after taking a 3-0 lead. They play Boston in Game 6 on Friday night.

The Knicks, by the way, have not won a playoff series since 2000.

COPELAND IN GAME 6? Woodson said on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that he may turn to Chris Copeland in Game 6 if Steve Novak can't play.

Novak is doubtful due to back spasms.

Copeland hasn't played in the past two games. He is scoreless in 24 minutes in the series. Copeland has been dealing with a shoulder injury but said last Sunday that he is well enough to take the floor.

"Copeland could become a player in this series based on Novak not playing," Woodson said on "The Stephen A. Smith & Ryan Ruocco Show" on ESPN New York 98.7 FM.

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