Felton vows to be ‘on the court’ against Bulls

Adam Zagoria, Team Reporter

Despite tweaking his hamstring in Wednesday’s opening-night win over the Milwaukee Bucks, point guard Raymond Felton vowed to be “on the court” tonight when the Knicks visit Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls.

“I’m alright, I’m a little sore. See how it feels [Thursday], but I’ll be on the court,” Felton said after leaving the game briefly in the second half, returning and finishing with 18 points, 3 steals, 3 assists and 3 turnovers.

“Oh, I’m going regardless of that, I’ll be out there,” he said.

Before Felton made his comments, Knicks coach Mike Woodson was more guarded about whether his point guard could go.

“I’ve got to see how he feels [Thursday] because that’s something that you don’t want to play with,” Woodson said.

Luckily, the Knicks have two other capable point guards in Pablo Prigioni, who started alongside Felton, and veteran Beno Udrih.

Felton and Chicago-native Iman Shumpert figure to spend time guarding Rose, the explosive point guard who will be playing in just his second game back after missing last season while recovering from ACL surgery.

Asked if he might need help guarding Rose, Felton bristled: “Why do I need help? He puts his close on just like I put mine on. I’m looking forward to the game. I’m not handicapped, I don’t need no help.”

Still, Felton conceded that the hamstring injury — which bothered him at the end of training camp — could be “tricky.”

“Hopefully it goes away. It’s one of those things where it can last 2-3 days but it can last up to six weeks,” he said. “Hopefully one day I wake up and it’s just gone. Right now, it’s just a nagging thing that I’ve got to just deal with.”

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.


In a weird way I was hoping he wouldn't make it.  The team needs some rest and without Halak we are done.  Would hate to see him pull a groin in the ASG.  Would rather see him sitting on a beach healing his bruises and like King Doushy go to Columbus.

Joey Ferguson
Joey Ferguson

was just talking to my buddy. a rangers fan. was telling me how he was looking forward to the potvin sucks chants at the coli.

i told him dont worry bud we will counter with a lundqvist sucks chant. had to see how red and pissy he got.

Ajay Gill
Ajay Gill

Come on folks, shows how tough it's been @msg. If this team can do things that the dynasty team didn't perhaps a sign of things to come, after 75 it took 4 years to roll off full force 4 straight, I'll take a 1 year wait if it will bring us just a shot in the final!

I love the Isles, and I love celebrating achievements, but this isn't making franchise history.  Franchise history was made when Billy Smith did it the first time - all Halak did was do it again.

Huge win though, Let's Go Islanders!

Meet The Matts
Meet The Matts

Nice win for Islander fans but the Cup doesn't get hoisted in January. We've got a tooney that says the next game sees the Blueshirts on top!