One of the New York Knicks’ biggest acquisitions this off season was the addition of Raymond Felton. Felton played for the Knicks in the 2010-11 season, but his tenure with the Knicks was cut short when the team decided to include him in a trade package for Carmelo Anthony. Since then, Felton has played for the Nuggets and Trail Blazers, but has not seen a lot of success.
However, the point guard is back in New York and he will finally get his chance to play alongside Amar’e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks have a very talented starting five and Anthony expects great things from Felton in the 2012-13 season. Anthony told the New York Daily News that he understands what Felton is going through and expects his childhood friend to use it as motivation to succeed.
“This is a special year for him mentally, for him being traded from here and having the chance to come back and prove to people what his game is about. When he was here in New York, they were rolling. He was having an All-Star year when he was here so to bring him back that was an extra incentive for him to want to do good.
“I know, for him, he has a chip on his shoulder. I’ve been playing against Raymond since I was 9 years old in AAU basketball so he’s been the same since then. He wants to prove everybody wrong.”
Felton has been lambasted by media and fans for his lack luster seasons since leaving the Knicks. Felton has been out of shape and people cannot accept the fact that he has been working hard to get back to his previous form.
Anthony has been the target of criticism for nearly his entire career and can relate to what is going on with Felton. During his short stay in New York, Felton average 17.1 points and 9.0 assists per game. If he can find a way to match those numbers next season, the Knicks will be a very dangerous team.