“Yes, he will play,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Wednesday. “Practiced today and he will play. Yes.”
Woodson said the Felton situation was not a distraction to the team, which is 21-36 and 5 1/2 games back of the No. 8 spot in the East.
“I’m not calling it a distraction,” Woodson said. “We’ve been playing pretty good basketball and unfortunately we haven’t won games, but I like the way we’ve been playing and competing.”
Woodson added: “I don’t know much about what actually has happened. You guys probably know more than I do. The bottom line is Ray is a part of our team and as his coach I’m going to support him and make sure that he’s doing everything the right way from here on out and to try to get him to just concentrate on basketball and practice and playing games. That’s right now what’s more important at this point.”
Asked if he was disappointed by Felton’s actions, in which he reportedly threatened his soon-to-be-ex wife, Ariane Raymondo-Felton, with a pistol that shoots armor-piercing bullets, Woodson downplayed it.
“I don’t condone anything,” Woodson said. “I’m a coach that I want guys to be professional. I want guys to do things right on and off the court. I don’t know a whole lot about what’s actually happening with Raymond and the situation he’s going through.
“At the end of the day, he’s a part of the New York Knick family and I’m going to support him and try to get him back on track.”
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.