Woody: Felton dealing with 'a distraction'

March, 5, 2014
New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton has shot just 7-for-32 in his past four games since his arrest last week on two counts of criminal gun possession.

When Felton spoke for the first time to reporters after he appeared in court, the point guard said his legal situation was not a distraction to the team. But Knicks coach Mike Woodson told reporters after the team's loss at the Detroit Pistons on Monday that he thinks Felton's play has shown that he is distracted by his off-the-court issues.

“It’s a distraction, there’s no doubt about that," Woodson told reporters, according to the New York Daily News. "I’m gonna need him to play, that’s it. I know he’s carrying a lot on his shoulders, but we have his back and we support him.”

Felton has a total of 22 points and 17 assists in the past four games.

“The ball just ain’t going in the basket for me," Felton told reporters after Monday's game. "It’s very frustrating. My personal life is my personal life. At the same time, obviously if you’re dealing with something, it’s on your mind."

"But I try not to let that come into my job. This is my job. I gotta perform and I gotta do my job.”
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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