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It must have been a slow news day in Portland.
On Tuesday, the Trail Blazers took a shot at Knicks guard Raymond Felton via the team's official Twitter account. They tweeted a picture of him guarding Blazers guard Damian Lillard with an angry emoticon over Felton's face:
Why so mad, Ray? pic.twitter.com/eOFVI9KNA1
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) September 24, 2013
At the start of the 2011-12 season, Felton admittedly arrived at Trail Blazers training camp out of shape following the NBA lockout. He's been on record talking about this plenty of times. In an interview on Monday, Felton expressed disappointment about how the Portland media and fans were critical of his play in his lone season with the Blazers.
"At the end of the day, they said a lot things about me," Felton said of the media. "Said a lot of things about Jamal Crawford. They said me and Jamal were bad eggs. I'm sitting back like: Jamal is with the Clippers having a great year, up for Sixth Man of the Year. His team was in the playoffs. And our team is in the playoffs. I don’t think we were the issues of bringing that team down. Not in the playoffs again and you want to put the blame on two guys. It was our fault they didn’t make the playoffs. Really?"
"I don't think that we were the issue because we were not there last year and they were not in the playoffs," Felton added. "I was kind of upset about that because then you're trying to kill my character. That's not what I'm about ... that part pissed me off. Now you're trying to mess with my character? Around this league?"
Felton also reflected on being booed by Blazers fans during the Knicks' visit to Portland in 2013. "My life goes on; my career goes on," he said.
As for the tweet on Tuesday, it seems like a vast overreaction. My guess? Felton will laugh it off.
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