Felton hoping to return Monday in Orlando

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

felton475After missing six games with a strained left hamstring, Raymond Felton could return to the lineup Monday in Orlando.

“We’ll see what happens,” Felton said Sunday after practice. “It’s day-to-day, questionable so we’ll see tomorrow.”

Felton will go through shootaround in Orlando and then a decision will be made.

“We just have to play it by ear and see how he feels,” coach Mike Woodson said. “He goes through shootaround tomorrow and he says he’s good to go. Medical says he’s OK then we’ll suit him up

Felton has been bothered by both the hamstring and a hip injury all season, and said he doesn’t want to return too early.  He came back Nov. 27 after missing four games, played seven games and then played his last game Dec. 10 before going out again.

“It’s just something to think about because I don’t want to keep aggravating this hamstring and if you keep aggravating something possibly it could tear and I definitely don’t want that so I’m just trying to be cautious for sure this time and make sure I’m 100 percent,” Felton said.

When he does return, he doesn’t want to be on a minutes-restriction, either.

“If I come back I want to come back and play,” he said. “I don’t want to be under no minute restriction or anything like that. At the same time, I don’t control the minutes, either. That’s something that coach controls. If he get something from the doctors telling him that I can’t play that many minutes then he’s forced to do what he has to do. We’ll see what happens.”


Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.




76 comments
Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Knicks’ Hardaway Jr. Proving to be Good Pick By HOOPSWORLD
 

“He’s prepared me very, very well, just told me to go out there and have fun, take it all in because this doesn’t happen to everyone,” (Knicks’ Tim) Hardaway Jr. said. “So make sure you make the most of it, make sure you’re always in the gym getting better and learning.”

“He’s adjusted really well,” said Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani, in his eighth year in the NBA but first with New York. “He works really hard. … For the way he plays and the way he acts, his character is extremely positive is good in every situation.

“He works really hard and that’s what you want to see from a rookie.”

He’s second among rookies in scoring per 48 minutes (22.6 points), despite sitting 11th in minutes per game, leads the rookies in field-goal percentage (47.9%) and is the second-best three-point shooter in the class (41.5%).

http://www.hoopsworld.com/knicks-hardaway-jr-proving-to-be-good-pick#EMAuglcUp9Eh9h1t.99

Oscar Serna
Oscar Serna

i hope the magic destroy the knicks tonight, maybe that will get woodson fired...or not...

NYKnickerBocker
NYKnickerBocker

This season has become the "wait until" season.  Wait until Chandler is back.  Wait until Felton is back.   Wait until Bargnani gets accustomed,   Wait for Shump, Wait for JR, Wait for Stat... wait wait wait. 

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Here is the January schedule and it looks like a difficult month.

January 2  New York @ San Antonio

January 3  New York @ Houston  

January 5  New York @ Dallas  

January 7  Detroit @ New York  

January 9  Miami @ New York   

January 11 New York @ Philadelphia  

January 13  Phoenix @ New York  

January 14  New York @ Charlotte  

January 16  New York @ Indiana   

January 17  LA Clippers @ New York  

January 20  Brooklyn @ New York  

January 22  Philadelphia @ New York  

January 24  Charlotte @ New York  

January 26  LA Lakers @ New York  

January 28   Boston @ New York  

January 30  Cleveland @ New York

frankieboy
frankieboy

I keep waking up , checking in and ..........


NO .."Woodson is fired"

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

So I was against firing Woodson mainly because I don't think anyone that great can take over mid season and we'll most likely get Herb or Allan Houston to take over. 


But now I'm thinking maybe Allan Houston is not that bad.  Hey, he is a former player that these guys will all look up to and remember from when they were younger.  And sure, hiring Allan Houston as the head coach mid season might be waving the white flag.  But you know who Allan Houston is pretty close to?  Jeff Van Gundy!  So maybe Allan takes over for the rest of the season and the Jeff Van Gundy takes over in the off season (and Houston slides over to an assistant position).


C0P0
C0P0

Somebody get that man a smoothie and some sound advice.

John Bacarella
John Bacarella

Felton plays better when he has tyson for the lob. Lets give him 1 more chance with tyson back!

Bobby Blazes
Bobby Blazes

Just imagine if the knicks had damian lillard running this team mr big shot

bigdishing
bigdishing

Everyone is talking about the need for a great pg. I always understood that Melo did not like having a ball-dominating pg. At times, Kidd last year was more like his personal assistant, getting him the ball just where he wanted it. I am no Melo-basher, just saying that this situation at pg is no terrible accident. I don't think it's realistic to think that Woodson/Melo are going to sign off on running the offense through a new pg. Melo, like Kobe, wants his touches more than anything. 

Marvel
Marvel

"No way I trade Shumpert for Lowery "


tkb gm's 3 weeks ago


tommy2b
tommy2b

Lowry with the big 3 and Raptors on the verge of beating OKC for their first home loss.  I don't think his asking price is going down.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Kyle Lowry has 17-6 with 3 boards and 2 steals at the half against OKC. 


Just sayin........

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

Maybe we will see two fat men on Christmas Day. One down the chimney and the other on the tube.



fasheezee
fasheezee

It's called working out, getting your body in the best physical condition possible so that you hold up for a 82---82 game season. So many of these players and just lazy slugs collecting a check. I am not a Lebron fan but he keeps himself in great shape and he is hardly ever on the injured list.

jeandd323
jeandd323

did Felton put the Hamburgers down during his rehab?

Seriously now !

melo7
melo7

He should be on a 0-2 minute restriction

fasheezee
fasheezee

When ANY point guard plays at a high level teams tend to win. We need a consistently high level playing pg. A pg who doesn't waste time dribbling, taking forever and a day to make the pass and he chucks up too many bad shots. 

tommy2b
tommy2b

@Knicks_Fanatic we have to take almost all the 'winnable' games to get back in this (Detroit/philly 2x /charlotte 2x/ Brooklyn/boston/cleveland/lakers/phx)... Go 9-1 in those games and 2-4 in the tough games for a 11-5 month.  Hopefully that will have us on top of the Atlantic (but probably still with a losing record)

tommy2b
tommy2b

@Jerry Gee all that matters is the corporate $... That's why the Nets are the only thing that worries Dolan.

SheSaidSpikeWho
SheSaidSpikeWho

Houston's dad was a coach so he has that. I certainly am not advocating for him but there is no evidence that he'll be good or bad. I'm of the opinion that, if we can't get a coach with a championship pedigree, then we should try some new blood. Stop recycling the same old names who were fired from their last job and will likely be fired again.

Blaze NYK
Blaze NYK

@bigdishing Then why was Melo wanting to team up with CP3 so bad?  I just don't buy it.  Saying that Jason Kidd was his personal assistant is pretty insulting to what Kidd did last year for us (and for Melo).  Yeah, he set him up last year just where he wanted the ball.  THATS WHAT A GOOD PG DOES.  And Melo had his most efficient and best year ever last year.  And we won 54 games because of it.  And that was with an old (but very smart) Jason Kidd.  Get Melo a really good PG who knows how to control the game and set his teammates up, and you will get a very very happy Melo.  I really don't buy the idea that Melo enjoys an ISO heavy offense.  Of course if he has the mismatch or knows he can score on a player he's gonna want the ball because he knows he can score.  But his life is made so much easier and he can score so much more if he has a good PG getting him and his teammates involved.  Right now they wll pass the ball around and no one has an open look (or they do and don't take the shot or hesitate) and then Melo gets the ball in ISO with like 7 seconds left and he has to do something.  And at the end of games everyone is looking to him for all the answers and points.  Melo can be a very capable passer but he's not a PG.  He isn't Lebron either.  So he is forced to do more than he is capable of doing.  And he gets blamed for it. This isn't to say that he isn't forcing things but he's being put in that position because our PG play is so poor. 

bigdishing
bigdishing

@tommy2b Funny how that happens. It almost seems like Toronto and their gm know what they're doing. 

1harris1
1harris1

Let's see him turn down 130 mil from the Knicks to go play the role of Robin with the Heat or the Lakers.

Don't think so.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@OLD_KNICK

Unlike LBJ, Melo can't afford going to a 3rd team without even getting to the NBA Finals.  Unlike LBJ eh was able to take the Cavs to the NBA finals, Melo would be seen as just a pieeve and not a superstar.  

Also, he would be leaving NYC being labeled as not being able to take this team anywhere.  There is really No team that needs to have a star take them somewhere than us.  Melo to take this risk in that he would get less money while maybe not even getting any further in the playoffs that he has done so far, he would have to almost be certain that the next team would work.

Imo, Melo is better served to suck it up , take less money here while trying to recruit stars here.    

tommy2b
tommy2b

@Knicks_Fanatic  Raptors are 4-2 since the (Name that's Censored) "Happy" trade and just beat dallas in dallas and now playing even with the undefeated-at-home OKC thunder in OKC.  They might be running away with the Atlantic so Ujiri's certainly in no hurry to deal him now

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieSmalls Yep, i was wrong about our Jets winning 8 games while those like you had them winning 3 games.   My Jets have no receivers, offensive line or running backs worth anything.  Until we shore up our skilled positions, we won't know what we have in Gino. 


How's your prediction on our Knicks?

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@Armand N Berdynaj@Knicks_Fanatic 

Never said he was, but if you include getting rid of Felton's 3 year deal and MWP's 2 year deal, it is far more of a debatable point.

The problem for the Knicks is they are damned if they do and damned if they don't. One interesting reason for Dolan squashing the trade was not that Lowry was expiring, but that he would have the Knicks at a disadvantage when negotiating a new deal.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@tommy2b 

With Lopez down and out, you might see Toronto and Boston looking to win the Atlantic. That would give their young players valuable experience.

Kenny Kaufman
Kenny Kaufman

Are you kidding! Geno Smith is Ho-Ho-Rendous!!!

C0P0
C0P0

@NYKnickerBocker  LOL That's funny and disturbing. 

After pondering the photo, it dawned on me that somebody actually did that crap. SMDH.


Tikki
Tikki

@Armand N Berdynaj @Kojo Brown Since Lebron won his title playing PF, I guess the last high-level SF to win a title was Scottie Pippen?  Should the Knicks then do away with Carmelo at SF? 


This "can't win a title with a PG as your best player" argument is silly - all that matters is putting together a high-level TEAM that can contend with the NBA's elite on both ends of the floor.  After that, coaching tactics and randomness - injuries, suspensions, officiating, a fortuitous/unlucky bounce of the ball - play their roles until one team wins it all.

tommy2b
tommy2b

@Jerry Gee but it will take a couple of years for it to matter - when their box renewals and sponsorships are coming due... Can't stay away from my knicks for that long

MetsKnicks
MetsKnicks

@Knicks_Fanatic @tommy2b I still think the Knicks will win the division...only because the division is dreadful...not because the knicks are good

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@Kenny KaufmanDude, Who does Gino have to throw the ball to.  Brady would suck on the Jets.  


I'm not saying Gino is the answer but you can't judge a rookie with the poor cast he has now.

xmenreturn
xmenreturn

@BiggieSmalls@xmenreturnPoor Biggie, he thinks the only thing wrong with his predictions is that we won't win as many games as last year!

That total ree-tardation for ya.

Dude, you predicted AB would be our 2nd option and may a big leap from what he did in Toronto last year. 

You stated that Woody would adjust from his mistakes.

You stated that we are a much deeper and better team this year. 

You stated this year at least twice that we were going to rout the weakest part of our schedule.

You are totally insane and delusional!