Starks Raving Mad: 5 Things that matter this year (w/o mentioning Lin)

1. The chip on Felton’s shoulder
When Felton was traded back to the Knicks, he wasn’t exactly welcomed back by fans with open arms. How could he after the miserable minutes he’s logged on the court since he last put on a Knick jersey? When you-know-whosigned with the Rockets, Felton was an easy target to absorb fan rage. And let’s be honest, New Yorkers are more obsessed with weight than High School Girls are, so Felton’s portly physique made for an instant bullseye. You could only imagine how Felton must have felt to return back to the team played his best basketball with only to be completely disregarded.

Don’t think for a minute that Felton isn’t taking this personally. While it wasn’t exactly as exciting as last season, 2010-11’s “Felton-sanity” period was some pretty decent basketball by any standards. During that run, while some big names like Chris Paul and Steve Nash were putting up numbers like 15.9ppg & 9.8a (CP3) and 14.7ppg & 11.4a (Nash), Felton was averaging All-Star numbers with 17.2ppg and 9 assists while mastering a pick-n-roll offense with Amare that gave Knick fans the best basketball they have seen at MSG in by guys wearing Knick uniforms in years. Of course that had a lot to do with Dantoni’s liberal system, but that body of work lasted longer than “Linsanity” did. Now with Melo as the undisputed nucleus of the team, Woodson’s grind it out system in place, and Amare out for God know’s when, Felton definitely won’t go back to being the player he was in that time.

What will be here is the same PG that wasn’t afraid to take big shots and loved seeing the Garden come alive during the 4th quarter. That same dude who at one time [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] about Knick pride and playoff basketball as if he was a vintage Knick vet. I’m not saying to run and add Felton to your fantasy teams, but I do think the Knicks will have a PG that is somewhere in between 2011’s apex and last season’s nadir- and that aint bad at all for 3 years & $10M.

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