Thursday, October 25, 2012
Melo: Felton 'has a sense of urgency'
By Ian Begley
UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- After watching Ray Felton for six preseason games, Carmelo Anthony had some interesting things to say about his point guard.
"I can tell, and as a team, we can tell, that he has a sense of urgency and he wants to regain his spot," Anthony said. "He's playing like he has a chip on his shoulder, which we endorse. For him to come back to New York after being traded and still have that look in his eye and want to make something happen and get something done and lead this team. We definitely endorse that."
Felton finished off the preseason in strong fashion, scoring 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting and five assists in the Knicks' OT win over the Nets. He went toe-to-toe with Brooklyn point guard Deron Williams, whom he'll face in eight days in the Knicks' season opener at the Barclays Center.
"Me and Deron have been going at each other since high school, since college," Felton said. "We've been going at each other for a long time."
With the season opener eight days away, the Knicks are optimistic that Felton can regain the form he showed in New York in 2010-11, when he averaged 17 points and nine assists before the Knicks shipped him to Denver in the Melo trade.
Felton had an off year in Portland last season, averaging 11 points on 44 percent shooting. He admitted he was out of shape heading into the season, which was shortened by the lockout.
He's mentioned time and time again in the preseason that he's entering this year with a "chip on his shoulder." And nothing's changed in that respect.
"Nah my chip's still there. It ain't going nowhere," he said. "That's going to be there the whole year. I'm just looking forward to the season to start."
RASHEED MAY BE READY NOV. 1: The pro-Knicks crowd at Nassau Coliseum chanted and chanted for Rasheed Wallace on Wednesday, but Mike Woodson did not give the people what they wanted.
Wallace dressed for the game but did not play. He practiced in full for the first time on Tuesday and is expected to take part in intrasqaud scrimmages over the next several days, starting on Friday. If Wallace can prove that he is in game shape before Nov. 1, Woodson said there was a possibility he could play opening night.
WOODY'S CUT: Woodson had a pretty bad cut on the side of his left eyebrow. He didn't want to reveal the nature of the cut, jokingly saying, "The other guy's beat up pretty bad."
Woodson appeared to have suffered the cut in a practice incident. He likes to mix it up with his players in practices. Players were tight-lipped about it after the game.