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.