Maybe you guys haven't heard the news, but Jeremy Lin is no longer a New York Knick.
But that's okay, because Raymond Felton is back. The same Raymond Felton who finally lived up to his potential two seasons ago when he was in New York, averaging 17.1 PPG and 9.0 APG before being shipped to Denver in the mega deal that netted Melo.
Maybe I'm in the minority here, but I'm not being sarcastic when I say that I'm happy to have Felton back. Yes, he vanished after leaving the Garden. And yes, he was an all-out cancer/plague in the Portland locker room last season. And yes, he could probably benefit from losing a couple of pounds.
Okay, fine, several pounds.
But still, when motivated, and with the right team around him, Felton proved that he could be good, even great. Is this the same team he thrived on two seasons ago? Not even slightly, but that doesn't mean the pieces aren't in place for him to pick up right where he left off.
So when Felton goes out there during an MSG interview and says something like this (from ESPN):
"If they were going to match Lin, then obviously it would've been something that I thought about, But at the same time, I think I still would've come here, because this is where I wanted to be, this is where I wanted to play, and on top of that, I have confidence in my game."
I wonder why Jeremy Lin and Raymond Felton simply couldn't co-exist, and why James Dolan is such a certified moron. That second one is something I think of constantly though, so Felton's comments really don't make much of a difference.
But still, after hearing that Felton may have still been on a Knicks team fueled by Linsanity makes Dolan's decision that much more head scratching and simply incomprehensible.
Sure, Felton's words do come with a lot of hindsight. But that was never a thought that crossed Dolan's mind during this whole ridiculous process? That he could have signed Lin and still nabbed Felton in an effective sign-and-trade? I don't see how a guy like Dolan could have missed something like that (actually, never mind...I can).
As a starter, Felton isn't the greatest decision by a mile. Neither is Lin of course, but Lin's potential for success cancels out all the speculation. Still, in a way, Felton is destined to fail in NYC if he's only slightly worse than what he was two years ago.
But Felton as a bench piece? Now we're talking some serious impact for New York. A point guard that's not 39 years old, with plenty of experience, coming off the pine for a team he already has a worthwhile history with.
Sounds like a very good move for the Knicks, and a very simple choice for Dolan. But as we've learned, in Dolan's circus, nothing is simple, or sensible or even logical.
Felton also said that he thought he was better then Lin, and some people may actually find that newsworthy.
But what exactly is he supposed to think in that situation? That part of the conversation isn't even worth mentioning. Of course he thinks that, and of course that's going to be his response when someone asks him something like that.
It is good to hear that Felton isn't lacking in confidence though. Because believe me, he's going to need it once all eyes turn to him.
Lin and Felton will be compared now for eternity. And to think, they could have just co-existed if somebody in the Knicks front office actually had a rational thought.