May 11, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton (2) drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill (3) in game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks Rumors: Is Raymond Felton in the best shape of his career?

It’s nice to see that New York Knicks’ point guard Raymond Felton has found the time to do something other than talk this summer.

Felton, who seems to have something to say about everything these days, appears to be taking the offseason very seriously as it looks like he has dropped considerable weight.

May 7, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (2) dribbles against the Indiana Pacers during the second half in game two of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won the game 105-79. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Carrying some extra pounds and not always being in great condition has always been a problem for the North Carolina product, but it looks as if Felton is committed to being in great shape this season, something that is huge for the Knicks.

Felton spoke to reporters at a charity event in New York this weekend and explained what he’s been working on over the summer.

From Ian Begley of ESPN New York:

With the help of Washington D.C.-based trainer Keith Veney, Felton says he has lost approximately 15 pounds since the end of the 2012-13 season. He played at around 212 pounds last year and is encouraged with his new physique and the added speed it can lead to.

“I was quick before, but if you take off 15 pounds, you can be that much quicker,” Felton said Sunday at a Big Brothers-Big Sisters New York City event at St. John’s.

I think the overall commitment Felton is showing is something that could go a long way to him having a big season.

I haven’t been Felton’s biggest supporter, but he has fit in well with the Knicks, and his weight wasn’t an issue last season when he started 68 games for the team that finished the season with the second best record in the Eastern Conference.

Dropping the extra pounds should only help him improve upon that effort next year.

It also could make him a little bit better defensively, which would be big.

Felton was torched by opposing point guards a season ago and if dropping a few pounds means that he could do a better job at that end of the floor then it is a bonus for Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson.

Either way it is something that is good to see.

A lot of the Knicks like to talk about winning a championship. It looks like Felton is showing the commitment to trying to do exactly that.

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