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 4 years ago '04        #10381
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Already starting. Jeremy Tyler surgery on stress fracture out eight weeks at least.
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The injuries are already starting.

Knicks power forward/center, Jeremy Tyler, signed this summer to give them big-man depth, had surgery today to repair a stress fracture of his right fifth metatarsal, the Knicks announced. He will be out eight to 10 weeks, missing the entire preseason. Tyler was very impressive during the Las Vegas summer league, earning him a contract.

Tyler had been working out informally in scrimmages at the Knicks practice facility, with camp starting Sept. 30. The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan by Dr. Martin O’Malley. The Knicks have had a handful of players working out in Tarrytown that could be invited to camp. The Knicks only have one roster spot open. Tyler is signed to a guaranteed minimum but they could always decide to cut him if he proves injury-prone. The Knicks could re-sign center Earl Barron, who finished last season with the Knicks.

Tyler played with Golden State and Atlanta as a rookie last season.
 4 years ago '08        #10383
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Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- Knicks guard J.R. Smith has been suspended without pay for five games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program, the league announced Friday.

Smith is recovering from offseason knee surgery and might not be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

The NBA says Smith's suspension will begin with the first game of the season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

The Knicks re-signed Smith in July to a three-year contract worth approximately $18 million with a player option for the third year.

The 27-year-old averaged 18.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game last season, in which he won the league's Sixth Man of the Year award. He played an integral role in the Knicks' regular-season success but struggled mightily in the playoffs, making just 33 percent of his field goal attempts.
 4 years ago '04        #10385
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Ian Begley

Training camp is still a few weeks away, but some Knicks have shown up early at the team's practice facility in Greenburgh to work out together.

Tyson Chandler, Iman Shumpert, C.J. Leslie, Amar'e Stoudemire and Beno Udrih, among others, were at the the facility this past week, according to two people with knowledge of the workouts.

It is common for players to get together on their own to work out. Some Brooklyn Nets worked out together in Los Angeles recently.

Last season, the Knicks worked out together at the team's practice facility before training camp.

Attendance at this year's workouts should pick up a bit next week.

Raymond Felton is expected to join, as is Metta World Peace. Tour'e Murry, who last week agreed to accept an invite to Knicks training camp, should join the workouts next week as well.

It is unclear when Carmelo Anthony will join. Another question mark is Andrea Bargnani. Bargnani was forced to sit out of Italy's participation in EuroBasket 2013 due to pneumonia. His availability for training camp is unknown at this point.

CUT TYLER? Jeremy Tyler, 22, underwent surgery earlier this week to repair a fracture in his fifth metatarsal of his right foot.

Tyler signed a two-year deal with the Knicks but it is only partially guaranteed. So I saw a few tweets from Knicks fans wondering if the team will cut ties with Tyler and add another big to fill the roster spot. I think that would be a bit shortsighted.

Tyler is a young player the Knicks can develop, something that is in short supply on this roster.

The Knicks also have some money invested in him, meaning they'd have to pay Tyler a certain amount of money if they decided to cut him.

So it makes sense, I think, for the Knicks to keep Tyler around and take a look at him after he heals from the surgery. He is expected to be out 8-10 weeks.
 4 years ago '04        #10386
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Carmelo Anthony said Tuesday he believes the Knicks are a better team than they were last season and called the Nets rivalry now the best in the NBA.

Anthony, a guest speaker at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit in Midtown, also indicated he would have even more of a scoring mentality than he did last season, when he won the scoring title. Anthony also cracked up the audience by joking about rumors he would sign with the Lakers as a free agent.

“We were the top two seed last year,’’ Anthony said. “I think nobody expected that. This year we expect to do the same thing. I actually see this team be better than last year’s team. I won’t get into all the details [why]. But we feel that. We feel we have improved as a unit.”

The Knicks went 54-28, winning the Atlantic Division, but petered out in the second round, losing in six games to the Pacers. The Knicks drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. and added Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani and point guard Beno Udrih. Their losses were Jason Kidd, Steve Novak and Marcus Camby, all three of whom barely played in the playoffs. Still, some are predicting the Knicks to drop to fifth in the East.

The restocked Nets, with Kidd as their coach, are getting all the hype, and Anthony, a Brooklyn native, is savoring it.

“I love it,” Anthony said. “I think it’s a great for sports. I think it’s great for us as a Knicks organization. To have somebody we can compete with on a consistent basis four times a year, I think it’s going to be the best rivalry in basketball for a long, long time.’’

That Anthony, who can opt out of his contract after this season, was talking in the long term appeared a good sign for Knicks fans, though the Lakers surely will try to woo Anthony next summer with their cap space.

Anthony was on the panel to talk about building a “billion-dollar brand’’ and spent time promoting his companies such as PowerCoco — a coconut water sports drink. The panel’s interviewer, Matt Miller of Bloomberg TV, teased Anthony that Los Angeles was a good place for coconut-water drinkers and the Lakers were “a strong brand.’’

Anthony shot back, “I would love to sign the Lakers up to be one of the sole teams in the West that drinks PowerCoco.’’

The crowd of sports business executives erupted in laughter.

The Knicks being training camp Sept. 30 and kick off the season Oct. 30 against the Bucks. On opening day of last year’s training camp, Anthony declared he wanted to be less of a scorer and more of an all-around player. He sang a different tune Tuesday after leading the NBA in scoring last season (28.6), perhaps realizing his output is even more vital this season.

“When you can do something so great, that’s the only thing people see you as,’’ Anthony said. “When you do something good, people don’t see that. People expect me to go out and score 30. If I score 15 points and we still win the basketball game, people look at that and say, ‘Oh, he’s not on his game today.’

“There’s a fine line. My thing is to go out there and be great. If I score the basketball and can be one of the best scorers in the world … Yeah, I can do other things and I do other things. But when you do something so well, people overlook everything else.’’

But Anthony said scoring titles mean nothing compared to his first NBA title. His playoff resume is rocky, having gotten out of the first round twice in 10 seasons.

“For me now, the only thing I need is a championship,’’ Anthony said. “I think I proved to everybody the type of basketball player I am. Everyone in the world knows I can score the basketball — to separate myself is a championship. I can count on one hand the amount of people that won a national championship in college, a gold medal and an NBA title. If I can do that, that kind of separates me from some others.’’
 4 years ago '04        #10387
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The New York Knicks have signed Toure’ Murry and Chris Smith.

Murry, 6-5, 190-pounds, averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.6 a.ssists and 1.20 steals over 20.8 minutes in five games for New York’s entry at the 2013 NBA Summer League.

Smith, 6-2, 195-pounds, averaged 5.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 a.ssists over 19.9 minutes in five games for New York’s entry at the 2013 NBA Summer League.
 4 years ago '04        #10388
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Carmelo Anthony can become a free agent after the upcoming season, but he gave the strongest indication yet that his plan is to re-sign with the Knicks.

"I'm not going nowhere," Anthony said during an interview Tuesday with Bloomberg Television's "Market Markers."

Anthony is due to make $23.3 million in the 2014-15 season. If he were to opt out, the Lakers likely would pursue him, but the Knicks can offer him significantly more. Under the collective bargaining agreement, the most the Lakers could offer is four years and roughly $96 million. Anthony could get a maximum five-year contract worth about $129 million from the Knicks, who can start negotiating with him in February.

Money aside, Anthony pushed for the February 2011 trade from Denver to be in the spotlight and try to help the Knicks win their first championship since 1973. He led them to 54 wins last season and their first Atlantic Division title in 19 years, but they lost to Indiana in the second round.

Anthony, 29, remains hungry to carry the Knicks to a title.

"That is one of the reasons why I wanted to come here to New York, just so I could take on those pressures and those challenges,'' Anthony said. "A lot of people do not like to deal with the pressure. A lot of people do not know how to deal with the challenges they face. To me, it is everyday life.''

But Anthony doesn't want his future or free agency to be an everyday discussion. He told The a.ssociated Press at a Sept. 11 charity event Wednesday that he would not address either issue during the season. "I'm just not going to do it,'' he said. "I'm going to let everybody know the first day that I'm not going to talk about it.''

The Knicks were the No. 2 seed in the East last season behind eventual NBA champion Miami, but they lost leaders Jason Kidd and Rasheed Wallace. Their big offseason pickups were Andrea Bargnani, Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih.

The Knicks could take a step backward, especially with the Nets, Bulls and Pacers improved, but Anthony doesn't think so.

"I actually see this team being better than last year,'' he said Tuesday at the Bloomberg Sports Business Summit. "That's just my opinion, that's the way that we feel. And if we feel that way as a unit, then there's nothing that can come between us.''

Notes & quotes: The Knicks signed guards Toure' Murry and Chris Smith (J.R.'s brother) to non-guaranteed deals. They want to add another big man because Jeremy Tyler is out 8-10 weeks after foot surgery last week.
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 4 years ago '04        #10390
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Ian Begley

Over the past two days, the New York Knicks have worked out Ricky Davis, Cole Aldrich, Justin Brownlee, Ike Diogu and Josh Powell.

The workouts are part of a free agent minicamp this week.

The Knicks recently signed guards Toure Murry and Chris Smith.
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Bad news guys. Remember when the Knicks traded for Andrea Bargnani, one of the things we leaned on the most was that Chris Copeland was basically a cheaper Bargnani? That they could do the same things, but actually Copeland does it better? Then when we let Copeland walk to Indy, we were up in arms even more because now we weren’t just adding another guy to the roster that mirrors what Copeland does, we REPLACED Copeland with him.

I did some research. It turns out that even in Bargnani’s worst year as a pro, he’s more versatile of an offensive player that can help open the floor for Carmelo while still being able to score himself than Copeland was.

This past year was by far Andrea Bargnani’s worst year in the NBA. He was riddled by injury, he was booed out of the building, he shot poorly… he was about to be amnestied for God’s sake (source: none)! Meanwhile, Chris Copeland finally made an NBA roster, he became a fan-favorite, and wouldn’t you know it, he actually HELPED his team win some [regular season] games. To compare the two, we’ll start out with their shot charts, separated by zone:

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Here’s what we can draw from this:

For a guy who was labeled a three point specialist by experts and bloggers all over the interwebs, Bargnani sure does take a lot of mid-range jumpers. Actually, he took almost 70 more mid-range jumpers than he did three-pointers. And he only took 13 more three-pointers than he did shots in the paint.
Chris Copeland is almost as bad from mid-range as Bargnani is from three-point range. He only took 69 mid-range shots last year actually, as opposed to 135 three-pointers. But if you’re going by the theory that all that matters are three-pointers, this is irrelevant.
Copeland is obviously better down low. He’s a better offensive rebounder and, according to Synergy, most of his points came in the paint off offensive rebounds. Let’s get real, no one is feeding either Cope or Bargs in the post.

So right off the bat, it seems like calling Bargnani one-dimensional or labeling him a three-point shooter is inaccurate. Well at least we tried. But where it really becomes apparent that Bargnani is way more of a versatile player that can really help the offense is when you break down those zones, like so:

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Now what do we see here:

Chris Copeland is actually borderline below average from every spot on the floor that isn’t under the hoop or on the right wing. He’s not as painfully bad from beyond the arc as Bargnani was, but there’s a little bit of false advertisement thanks to his right wing three percentage.
This is just weird more than anything: Bargnani shot a very respectable 45% from the top of the arc… but when he takes a few steps in to the top of the key, he’s well under average.
From every other spot inside the arc, Bargnani is a pretty solid shooter. And considering the bulk of his shots came inside the arc, but outside the paint, that’s a pretty good thing.

So what conclusions can we draw from this?

For starters, Andrea Bargnani can hit from a lot more places on the floor than Copeland can. That’s not what’s important though… HOW he hits from those spots on the floor is. When you break down Bargnani’s offense in 2012-2013, it ain’t pretty. Synergy can provide you with those stats, and none of them will blow you away. 2012-2013 was also his worst year as a pro. If you go back two, three, even four years though… his pick and pop efficiency is top of the line. Literally.


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Sooo, that’s pretty good. And yes that was two years ago, but it should be noted that sample size is larger than this past season, and it also wasn’t Bargnani at his best (or healthiest) by the raw numbers. Tim Duncan, Kevin Love, Kevin Garnett… that’s some good company. You probably also have to be able to set some pretty decent screens if you’re THAT effective in receiving the ball after one and being wide open enough to hit shots at that high a rate.

IMPORTANT: The free throw percentage that you see in that table. That means that he is getting fouled on 12.9% of his pick and pop attempts, head and shoulders above the rest of the crew. Now, a common blogger theme has been “LOL defenders won’t have to play him tight because he’s a bad shooter.” Welp, this is gonna hurt, but the NUMBERS… they disagree with that sentiment. So either teams are going to leave him wide open and he will hit the shot 40-45% of the time or go to the line 13% of the time… or they are going to have to stick a defender on him, allowing guys like Melo and JR to have a most likely favorable one on one matchup.

Now, I digress. This past season, his stats are miserable (per Synergy). Couldn’t find one that I’d be able to use in my favor. But what we’ve looked at is the sum of all parts. Of course, Bargnani is not going to be Kevin Garnett, Kevin Love or Tim Duncan from mid-range in terms of production. Especially not on this team, where he will be a third option for most of the minutes he’s on the floor. But I also know who research tells me he won’t be: a worse Chris Copeland.

It comes down to Woodson, basically. The gameplan couldn’t be more clear for the people that take the time to look at it. Bargnani is a very potent mid-range jumpshooter that does his best work when he doesn’t have the ball. I don’t know, but to me, that seems like a perfect fit next to a guy like, oh, let’s go with Carmelo Anthony? A player who isolates more than anyone? Not only could it take some of the workload away from him, but it can help him be more effective.

That does create a problem however: the team might actually be better, and then what’s a blogger to do?
 4 years ago '04        #10393
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Marc Spears

Derrick Byars is working out for the Memphis Grizzlies this week, according to a source.

Byars is also drawing interest from the New York Knicks.

Byars was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers in the second round of the in 2007 NBA draft and logged two games with the San Antonio Spurs in the 2011-12 season.
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Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Knicks forward Metta World Peace expects his former team, the Los Angeles Lakers, to play for the right to hoist the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy this season.

"I think the Lakers are going to go to the NBA Finals," World Peace said during a signing for his children's book "Metta's Bedtime Stories" in downtown Manhattan on Wednesday.

"I think Kobe [Bryant's] gonna be healthy, they're gonna get Pau [Gasol]. The Lakers are gonna make a big trade like they always do. They're gonna get another good player, boom, boom, and they're gonna go to the Finals. I believe it. Kobe's gonna come back, he's gonna play team ball, and Pau's gonna play well."

According to ESPN.com's conference projections, the Lakers will finish 12th in the West, which prompted Bryant to tweet earlier this offseason, "12th I see.."

The Lakers lost Dwight Howard to the Houston Rockets in the offseason, and Bryant, 35, is coming off surgery on his injured Achilles.

World Peace was let go by the Lakers via the amnesty clause and signed with his hometown Knicks.

Notorious for controversial quotes, World Peace declined to respond to Paul Pierce's a.ssertion that it's time for the rival Brooklyn Nets to start running New York City, saying he doesn't have the energy to engage in a war of words and is still just trying to enjoy his offseason.

"I just want apple pie. I don't feel like talking," World Peace said. "I want to go to Whole Foods, enjoy my Whole Foods and play with my teammates. I don't have the energy to go back and forth with words because there's just too many great things happening in New York City for me to be going back and forth."

Asked about the Nets and their additions of Kevin Garnett, Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko, World Peace responded, "Honestly, I don't even know who's on their team. I'm not going to lie. I'm just happy to be a Knick. That's it."

World Peace said he's fine coming off the bench if that's what Knicks coach Mike Woodson thinks is best for the team.

"I mean, I came off the bench when I was in Houston, they tried it. I had to start later because I had to get us out of the first round. And then I came off the bench when I was in L.A. and they tried it and then I had to start," he said. "So I don't have an issue with coming off the bench. I've been starting for 15 years, so hey, it should be somebody else's chance to start.

"I've been starting for 15 years. I could've went to any other team I wanted to and started. I got calls from Oklahoma (City) and the Clippers, all these teams, but I came here and it wasn't to start, it was to win a ring."

Just how feasible is that?

"Those types of [championship] questions are answered in June," World Peace said. "I learned that from Phil Jackson. just going through that journey with Phil, I kind of know the journey, and in New York everything happens so fast and happens now. That's one of the reasons I went to St. John's, where I realized when you prepare you'll be OK."

World Peace also mentioned the two-time defending champion Miami Heat as obvious contenders.

"I think all those teams are good, but I think the Knicks are gonna be great," World Peace said. "Carmelo [Anthony]? What is he, the No. 1 scorer in the last two minutes last season? I'm excited. It's exciting."

World Peace said he has not heard from ex-teammate Lamar Odom, who has battled off-the-court problems in what has been a tumultuous offseason.

"I've been reaching out. I need to speak to Lamar," World Peace said. "That's one thing I can't [comment on] until I speak to him personally. I don't even know what to say. Shocking headlines. But I need to speak with him."
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NYK signs Josh Powell to a training camp deal, 3 spots left for a spot on training camp
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#Knicks have invited Ike Diogu and Josh Powell, two PFs, to training camp, says a source. Brings roster to 18. Diogu cut by Suns last camp.
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The Knicks have filled out their training-camp roster by adding two journeyman power forwards, Ike Diogu and Josh Powell, according to a source.

The pair of 30-year-olds, neither of whom was in the league last season, were given non-guaranteed deals. The 6-foot-8 Diogu was cut by the Suns during training camp last season and went to play in China. Powell, who is 6-foot-9, was with six NBA teams from 2005-2011, last playing for the Hawks in 2011. Powell played in Greece and Puerto Rico last season.

The Knicks are up to 18 players on their roster. With young power forward Jeremy Tyler missing the preseason following stress fracture surgery, the Knicks may end up filling the 15th roster slot with a big man. Two point guards, Tour’e Murry and Chris Smith, J.R.’s brother, also are competing for the last roster spot.
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Ian Begley

NEW YORK -- Andrea Bargnani is back on the practice floor.

The new Knicks forward had been away from basketball while battling pneumonia. But Bargnani was on the court Monday playing with his teammates in informal workouts at the Knicks' facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., on Monday.

"He looked good," Raymond Felton said at an Under Armour event at Macy's in Manhattan. "He's been really sick though. ... He's a little winded right now."

It makes sense that Bargnani would be a bit out of shape. He hasn't been able to play basketball for at least five weeks. He was forced to forgo playing for the Italian national team in the EuroBasket tournament because of pneumonia.

Felton, who spoke at an Under Armour event at Macy's in Manhattan, said Bargnani looked strong while playing pickup basketball with his teammates.

"That guy looked great, in my opinion," Felton said. "Everything that I was hoping that he was going to do, he kind of did it the first day we played pickup. So that kind of made me excited as a point guard."

Bargnani, who was acquired in a trade with Toronto, will have to work his way back into playing shape during the Knicks' training camp and preseason. The first training camp practice is Oct. 1.

Eventually, Felton believes Bargnani can be the Knicks' "new Rasheed Wallace."

"A seven-footer that can always space the floor," Felton said. "That's a big help to our team, I think."
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The Knicks have filled out their training-camp roster by adding two journeyman power forwards, Ike Diogu and Josh Powell, according to a source.

The pair of 30-year-olds, neither of whom was in the league last season, were given non-guaranteed deals. The 6-foot-8 Diogu was cut by the Suns during training camp last season and went to play in China. Powell, who is 6-foot-9, was with six NBA teams from 2005-2011, last playing for the Hawks in 2011. Powell played in Greece and Puerto Rico last season.

The Knicks are up to 18 players on their roster. With young power forward Jeremy Tyler missing the preseason following stress fracture surgery, the Knicks may end up filling the 15th roster slot with a big man. Two point guards, Tour’e Murry and Chris Smith, J.R.’s brother, also are competing for the last roster spot.
If they don't give that last spot to Murray I'm gonna be pissed
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Starting point guard Raymond Felton believes being the oldest team in NBA history last season was an interesting distinction, but ultimately cost the Knicks a chance at a title. Felton said the Knicks have a greater chance of success in 2013-14 because they have become younger.

Felton pointed to the elderly bench of Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd, who fell apart in the playoffs, as part of the team’s ultimate undoing, getting KO’d in the second round by the Pacers. With training camp opening Monday, none of those players are back. Three of them have retired.

“We’re a younger team this year,’’ Felton said at an Under Armour appearance at Macy’s in Herald Square. “Kurt Thomas, Rasheed, love them like brothers. [But] those guys were 38, 39, 40 years old. Once they got injuries, they’re out and it hurt us last year. We’ve added Metta [World Peace], [Andrea] Bargnani, Kenyon [Martin] and Amar’e [Stoudemire] are coming back. Tim Hardaway [Jr.] looks great by the way. I’ve been most impressed with him. It gives us depth at that big spot and youth. Those guys are younger.

“No knock to the guys we had last year. Those guys had incredible careers. I wish I could play that long. But we are young. That’s what I’m saying. We’re a younger team this year. We still got depth from last year, but we also have a younger bench. That’s going to help us later in the season.”

Felton isn’t younger this year, but he certainly is lighter. He said he has lost between 10 and 15 pounds this summer. Since his ill-fated season in Portland two years ago, he has dropped more than 20 pounds, he said.

“I feel I’m back to my old self when I was here the first time,’’ Felton said. “The way I’m moving on the court, giving me extra confidence in myself.’’

Virtually all of the Knicks are in Westchester working out informally. Felton finally got a chance to play with Bargnani on Monday. Bargnani got to town a little weakened. The former Toronto big man had to withdraw from the European Championships during Italy’s training camp in August due to pneumonia.

“He was really sick,’’ Felton said. “He had pneumonia, was out about a month. He’s a little winded right now. The guy was in bed and wasn’t allowed to work out for a month. He looks great. Everything I was hoping he’s going to do, he did it the first day we played pickup. I’m excited as a point guard. He’ll be a big help to our team.’’

Bargnani was reviled in Toronto just as Felton was in Portland. Felton is still bitter at the character a.ssassination he received in the Rose City. Last March during a game there, he was booed viciously every time he touched the ball after being portrayed as the guy who cost Portland the playoffs.

He went on a long rant Monday about being portrayed as a locker-room cancer by the media and fans.

“I laughed at the crowd,’’ Felton said. “We’re in the playoffs. What about you all.’’
Felton, who now has his eyes on the Knicks’ captaincy, wants to become one of their prime leaders this season.

“I’ve always been a leader — high school, college,’’ Felton said. “My thing was last year being away for two years to get used to the guys on the team. I got back in touch with the guys and didn’t try to force myself in that role right away. This year I definitely will with one year under my belt. I’ll have a leadership role no matter what. We’ll see.’’

Whether he starts again in the all-point-guard backcourt of Pablo Prigioni remains to be seen. The Knicks prospered in that alignment that began in mid-March. Felton said the coaching staff just finished a retreat to discuss all the scenarios.

“I’m pretty certain we’ll go with that lineup at some point,’’ Felton said. “We were so successful with it last year. I don’t know about starting but we’ll definitely play with each other.’
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