Knicks Morning News (2014.02.26)

  • [ – New York Knicks] Opening tip: Should Felton play? (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:00:56 EDT)

    Raymond Felton was already in the midst of one of his worst seasons. He was averaging a career-low 10.4 points to go with 29.6 percent shooting from behind the 3-point arc. Now the Knicks’ starting point guard is facing charges of one count of criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and one count of criminal possession of a firearm. Each is considered a felony in New York state. Felton’s case will take place on June 2. He was handed a six-month order of protection from his estranged wife, bail set at $25,000, and there are no legal restrictions from traveling.

  • [New York Post] The key questions & answers in Felton’s case (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:13:26 -0500)

    Raymond Felton faced an uncertain Knicks future entering last week's trade deadline and now faces one again post-deadline in the wake of his gun-charge arrest. Felton didn't speak to reporters…

  • [New York Daily News] Lawrence: Despite arrest, NBA history suggests Felton will continue to play (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:30:25 GMT)

    Don’t expect the NBA to put the hammer down on Knicks guard Raymond Felton after his arrest on weapons charges. Typically, the NBA allows the legal process to play out before a suspending a player.    

  • [New York Daily News] Timeline: Raymond Felton’s career from UNC to NYK (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:28:20 GMT)

    Apr. 4, 2005: Won NCAA national championship as a junior at North Carolina, named all-ACC first team.    

  • [New York Daily News] Knicks’ Raymond Felton charged with felony weapons possession (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:25:47 GMT)

    Knicks point guard Raymond Felton was arrested on three counts of criminal possession of a weapon early Tuesday after his estranged wife’s lawyer dumped his gun off with cops, sources said.    

  • [New York Daily News] Lupica: Knicks’ Felton had potent ammo, no brain power (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:53:05 GMT)

    Raymond Felton, whose bad year with the Knicks on the court just got a lot worse off it, does not become some sort of notorious bad guy because he is charged with a Class D felony over a gun with bad bullets in it, one that he never should have brought anywhere near New York City.    

  • [New York Daily News] Plax thinks Knicks fans ‘will support’ Felton after gun arrest (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:26:44 GMT)

    When Plaxico Burress first heard that Knicks guard Raymond Felton was arrested on gun charges, he knew how “unfortunate” it really was, since he learned all about New York City’s strict gun laws the hard way a little more than five years ago.    

  • [New York Daily News] Harvey: It’s Automatic – type of gun is Felton’s problem (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:25:21 GMT)

    New York Knick Raymond Felton was arrested early Tuesday morning for possessing an unlicensed firearm in his Manhattan apartment. And not just any firearm, but a FN 5.7x28MM, the notorious “cop-killer” gun.    

  • [New York Daily News] Isola: More Bullets over Broadway for Dolan’s laughingstock Knicks (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 05:00:10 GMT)

    Always remember that this was the year when James Dolan was expecting to lift the Lawrence O’Brien trophy in June. The Knicks, of course, will be free that month except for point guard Raymond Felton, who will be in a Manhattan courtroom fighting for his career.    

  • [New York Daily News] Jimmer to Knicks? Fredette’s family would love to see it (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:46:42 GMT)

    Two years after “Lin-sanity,” could the Knicks reboot with “Jim-sanity”? With point guard Raymond Felton’s current legal woes, Beno Udrih’s buyout by the Knicks, and point guard Jimmer Fredette reportedly on his way out of Sacramento, is there a perfect storm brewing that would bring the former Brigham Young star to Gotham?    

  • [New York Times] Harden Scores 43, Rockets Rout Kings 129-103 (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:42:58 GMT)

    James Harden spent the fourth quarter smiling on the Houston Rockets’ bench. DeMarcus Cousins finished the final period in the Sacramento Kings’ locker room.    

  • [New York Times] Lillard Leads Portland Past Denver 100-95 (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 06:03:58 GMT)

    The Trail Blazers took Denver’s best shot — and the Nuggets took way too many errant shots thanks to Portland’s stifling defense.    

  • [New York Times] Love, Timberwolves Beat Phoenix With Late Outburst (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:52:02 GMT)

    Kevin Love fell one assist shy of his second triple-double in three games, and the Minnesota Timberwolves used a late outburst to beat the Phoenix Suns 110-101 on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] N.B.A. Roundup: DeRozan’s Late Run Leads Raptors Over the Cavaliers (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 04:03:15 GMT)

    Led by DeMar DeRozan’s 16 fourth-quarter points, Toronto won for the sixth time in seven games.    

  • [New York Times] Dunleavy Has 22, Bulls Hold Off Hawks, 107-103 (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:18:55 GMT)

    Mike Dunleavy scored 22 points, Joakim Noah had 20 points and 12 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls held off the Atlanta Hawks 107-103 on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Jason Collins, First Openly Gay N.B.A. Player, Signs With Nets and Appears in Game (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 03:15:29 GMT)

    The 35-year-old center signed a 10-day contract and took the court Sunday night against the Lakers.    

  • [New York Times] DeRozan Scores 33 in Raptors’ 99-93 Win Over Cavs (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:57:59 GMT)

    DeMar DeRozan scored 16 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter, and the Toronto Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games with a 99-93 victory over the injury-riddled Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] George Helps Pacers Pull Away From Lakers, 118-98 (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:39:55 GMT)

    Paul George scored 12 of his 20 points in the third quarter, Evan Turner had 13 points in his Pacers debut, and Indiana beat the Los Angeles Lakers 118-98 on Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Wizards Survive Without Nene, Beat Magic 115-106 (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:33:52 GMT)

    John Wall scored 27 points, and the must-make-playoffs Washington Wizards survived their first game after Nene’s latest injury, beating the road-hapless Orlando Magic 115-106 Tuesday night.    

  • [New York Times] Pioneering Aside, Collins Just Tries to Learn Plays (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:31:10 GMT)

    After two whirlwind days, Jason Collins had a chance to focus on the Nets’ system in a practice.    

  • [New York Times] Sacramento Kings Working to Buy Out Fredette (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 02:21:55 GMT)

    Jimmermania began in Sacramento with hundreds of fans gathered at the airport to cheer the arrival of a player most had only watched on television or read about during the NCAA tournament.    

  • [New York Times] Knicks’ Felton Faces Gun Charges (Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:54:00 GMT)

    Raymond Felton turned himself in early Tuesday after his wife’s lawyer turned in a handgun to the police, saying that it belonged to Felton and that he had threatened his wife with it.    

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    23 thoughts to “Knicks Morning News (2014.02.26)”

    1. I don’t- for lack of a better term- “forgive” Felton for stinking it up this season. But now I understand. I’m a man too. If I am upset with my wife, I end up having a shitty day at work more times than not. Your wife is supposed to have your back, be your safe of the few things that make u feel better after dealing with this crazy world day in and day out. That’s part of the reason you get married, right? Now…Felton’s estranged wife took his gun and turned it in. Snitched. Wait..let me rephrase because I understand that she felt threatened. And nowadays there’s no telling what people may do. So i’m gonna say she protected herself. I don’t know why their marriage was falling apart, but i’m gonna assume Ray was becoming erratic and agitated towards her because he wanted to keep the marriage and she seemingly didn’t. In any case, I would hope that she would show more patience towards him being his safe haven and understanding things were tough on him at the moment. The hardest thing to do is admit you need help, so both of them are at fault for not seeking help, if they didn’t. But like I said..I don’t know why they fell apart. Hell..Ray being an NBA player on the road often, could have cheated. Who knows. But all of this could have been avoided. They could have gotten help. If you don’t want the man you supposedly love to get in trouble, then you maybe get a safe deposit box or something to stash the gun in until he gets counselling. If you love the woman you married, you don’t wave a gun in a threatening manner when there’s a disagreement. I guess my point in my rambling is that it had to be something heavy goin on that clearly affected him adversely and took some focus off of his job. Not to mention the injuries. I wish him the best in this situation.

    2. Now..I damn sure don’t forgive the signing of Earl Clark and Shannon Brown. Those guys have absolutely no potential value for the team’s future. None. This season’s gone why not bring CJ Leslie back and add Fredette to see how they may fit in future plans. No, they’re not ideal either, but they are still young enough to carve a future role for themselves on this team. And that would give us 6 young players to move forward with if that were to happen. That’s nearly half the roster of young guys to develop who can actually be rotation pieces- if it works. And if we were to bring Aldrich back for next season it would be 7 youngins to develop while Tyson and Melo anchor the team for another year until reinforcements come in 2015. And that’s a big number considering our drafts are gonna be relatively empty for a while. I would be OK with that, especially since the team didn’t take the opportunity to rebuild. I mean..Melo- already a perennial all star- is BALLIN this season. We could’ve gotten back one hell of a return for him. Seems like the team purposely does things to prevent advancement. Kinda frustrating.

    3. Totally unrelated to Felton — is Kenyon Martin ever going to play again? It seems like there has been nothing in the media about his status.

    4. Totes, Felton has been only slightly worse than his career averages. He played just as poorly for Portland two years ago without a complicated breakup. He very well could have turned in a season like this is if he was in a state of marital bliss.

      Also, you do realize you suggested Mrs Felton commit a crime herself by taking possession of the gun and hiding it in a safety deposit box to enable her husband’s illegal use of it in order to save their marriage, right? Everything in that post from “I’m a man, too” sounded like a monologue from a confused Lt Frank Drebin. “It’s a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill! And these are our beans! Now stash my gun, bitch.”

    5. I tried to resist, but i have to weigh in on the Raymond Felton situation. I will preface it by saying i have no idea what happened between the two of them. I read the first story in full and since then i’ve seen 3 headlines that contradict each other so i refuse to read anymore until i feel that there is SOME consensus as to what is fact to this point. I do know that a report came out last week, that Ray’s wife filed for divorce so i think that has to have some kind of influence to this recent news. So my pure speculation…1) Raymond did something to upset his wife to the point of her wanting a divorce (cheating maybe? I seem to remember him having a baby in tow from another shortly after getting married). So perhaps when she filed for divorce, he lost his cool and brandished his pistol and she was legitimately scared. If thats the case, you f’ed up Ray. 2) Raymond did something to upset his wife to the point of her wanting a divorce; perhaps waiving a gun at her? If thats the case, you f’ed up Ray. 3) Raymond did something to upset his wife to the point of her wanting a divorce but never waived the gun at her or anything like that. If thats the case, you f’ed up Ray, but it might appear that your wife turned the gun in that she always knew you had for the purpose of legal leverage or revenge.

      I’m totally sensitive to you guys who are defending the rights of the victim, but until we know 100% fact what happened (and we never may know for sure), people will and are free to speculate. No matter what, Ray should and will pay the price no matter what because what he had (or did with it) was illegal. BUT, if scenario 3 above is what happened (and there may be 3,000 more scenarios possible), his wife has technically no ‘fault’ but that is one damn vindictive move.

    6. Owen February 26, 2014 at 1:58 pm If Ray owned an unregistered gun in NYC he is an idiot.

      I don’t think that is in dispute.

    7. I’m curious what the motivation for not registering a gun in NYC would be. I don’t buy the idea put forth by THCJ that the only reason for not registering a gun is so you can use it without it getting back to you. There’s two potential reasons I can see, but not being a gunowner, I have no idea if they’re true:

      1. You’re lazy and stupid. From what I’ve read online, it can be quite a pain in the ass to go out to the office in Queens to register your gun, and you can’t delegate it. So maybe this is like not going to the DMV to get your license renewed multiplied by much more stupid.

      2. Does anyone know if the type of gun Ray had is even eligible to registered in NYC? I’m guessing that NYC limits the types of handguns you can register, and is more strict about it than most of America. And maybe some people want guns that aren’t on the list. So maybe they’re thinking “it’s stupid that I can have a gun but not the gun I want, so fuck it I’m just going to get the gun I want, I probably won’t get caught, only stupid people get caught with illegal guns.”

      Neither instance absolves Ray in any way, I’m just curious why he would have an unregistered gun, assuming it’s not actually that he wanted to use it to kill people and not have it traced back to him.

    8. Judging by the number of bullets in Ray’s gun, it would not have been compliant. But that’s a relatively recent law. Bottom line is he’s an idiot. If Ray wanted a handgun for home protection in NYC he could have obtained one legally. It’s a pain in the ass, but really not that difficult.

    9. “Great article on that thing the Knicks are calling Defense”
      I didn’t get a chance to read the article but let me guess — it says that a defensive strategy that repeatedly leaves Raymond Felton guarding Dirk Nowitzki (apparently on purpose) is not the greatest defensive strategy in the world.

    10. Great, great read on the Knicks defense. My only issue is the issue it takes with the Knicks personnel. If you had a starting 5 that were all defensive minded players by individual reputation, i bet they wouldn’t win many games. You need a a good system and i’d say one really good individual defender on the perimeter and one in the paint. Don’t tell me Paul Pierce or Ray Allen are known as great individual defenders…they are a product of the system and culture; with a defensive leader on the floor in Garnett. Don’t tell me we don’t (or didn’t) have enough in Tyson, Shump, Metta and Priggy. If we had Tom Thibodeau had this team, i’m not saying we’d be top 5, but definitely in the top half of the league, which based on what we did last year (17th) would be more than enough for at least 45 wins. My question is WTF changed between this year and last year? Woody’s philosophy hasn’t changed on switching so why is it so goddamn glaring this year? Is it the way he used the lineups? As we’ve pointed out, all the going big with Bargniani….using too many -defenders together..not using our best lineup from 2013??

    11. 14 players have season highs against the Knicks. Is that even that high? The average at the end of the season should be around 12. Every player on every team has a season high against SOMEONE.

    12. Also, you do realize you suggested Mrs Felton commit a crime herself by taking possession of the gun and hiding it in a safety deposit box to enable her husband’s illegal use of it in order to save their marriage, right? Everything in that post from “I’m a man, too” sounded like a monologue from a confused Lt Frank Drebin. “It’s a topsy-turvy world, and maybe the problems of two people don’t amount to a hill of beans. But this is our hill! And these are our beans! Now stash my gun, bitch.”

      Ha!! Well now that u put it that way..

    13. That article makes a great point near the end: there are so many things wrong with the Knicks’ defense, it’s hard to even get your head around it. Who’s to say what’s causing the awfulness when EVERYTHING is all wrong? The players are poor individual defenders, Woodson is an utterly hapless defensive coach, the system is incoherent, the effort level could best be described as “indifferent” and there is zero accountability for the players and the coach alike.

    14. EOK,

      What is more troubling for me is the complete and lack of understanding of any analytics. I am sure that the staff is looking at PPG and sees top 10 defense, even though adjusting for pace puts the Knicks near the bottom. Or when it said that the knicks force opponents into the fewest number of 2 points shots and how effective people are at getting corner 3s against the defense. This is really not some far out theory that nobody understands, yet I suspect if somebody explained it to the Knicks coaches, they would look at you like you are saying 2 + 2 = 5. And I don’t care what Woodson is saying, somebody is telling them to double team! Why try to say otherwise?

    15. @13 they actually have the fourth lowest season highs against lol

      well I guess that settles it then. woody’s right, we have a top 10 defense! damn statistics are up in the air.

    16. EOK,

      What is more troubling for me is the complete and lack of understanding of any analytics.

      Nonsense. Jimmy’s consultants told him to hire the stats savvy Steve Mills, who knows about some paradigm shifting proprietary metrics that show that Earl Clark and Shannon Brown are much better than their stupid boxscore numbers.

    17. Part of the problem is that Woodson is such an ass-kissing SOB when it comes to his favorite pet players. You think he’s gonna chew Melo out for double-teaming Jared Sullinger when Sullinger has the ball 20 feet from away from the cup with his back to the basket? Nope. You think he’s gonna stick JR on the bench when JR makes lackadaisical rotations play after play after play? Nope. You think Felton’s ever going to hear it about his unwillingness to fight through a screen?

      No, because (Player X) is a big part of what we’re trying to do here. We’re not going to kick (Player X) to the curb. So, in other words, don’t bother to try on defense, because it doesn’t really matter. Just keep doing the same dumb shit you do, and I won’t get on your case about it.

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