Former Portland Trail Blazers point guard Raymond Felton will make his first visit back to the Rose Garden on Thursday when the New York Knicks (38-23) head to the Rose Garden.
Felton had an abysmal one season with the Blazers after being traded from the Nuggets. He arrived out of shape and struggled all season long to sync with the team and never got a groove going.
Felton struggled to lead the team, and as a result Portland had one of the worst seasons in the past decade. Many chose to place most, if not all, of the blame on Felton.
[gn_quote style=”1″]“You can’t blame anything on just one person,” Felton said. “It’s all about a team, and it’s all about everybody coming together trying to win games. Like I said from Day 1, I said I wasn’t in shape, I came in out of shape. But I busted my behind every day, got myself into shape for the latter of the season. That’s pretty much it. Anything else negative is just them trying to find a story to write about, that’s all.”[/gn_quote]
There were rumors that Felton and former head coach Nate McMillan did not get along with the guard. Both ultimately ended up parting ways from the team. It will not be surprising if Felton receives some boos when his name is announced. But Felton doesn’t believe that he is deserving of a poor reception.
[gn_quote style=”1″]”If they boo me because of those negative articles, they would just be reacting off of the lies,” Felton said. “Everything written about me and coach [McMillan] was wrong. You can talk to any other teams I’ve been on and ask if I’ve ever been a problem in the locker room. I never have. I heard they booed Jamal [Crawford], so I know what to expect. But really, we just had a tough season last year.”[/gn_quote]
[gn_quote style=”1”]“I don’t understand why they’re going to try to do that,” he continued. “They didn’t make the playoffs last year when I was there, and when I looked last I don’t think they’re in the playoffs now.”[/gn_quote]