It’s nice to see that New York Knicks’ point guard Raymond Felton has found the time to do something other than talk this summer.
Felton, who seems to have something to say about everything these days, appears to be taking the offseason very seriously as it looks like he has dropped considerable weight.
Carrying some extra pounds and not always being in great condition has always been a problem for the North Carolina product, but it looks as if Felton is committed to being in great shape this season, something that is huge for the Knicks.
Felton spoke to reporters at a charity event in New York this weekend and explained what he’s been working on over the summer.
With the help of Washington D.C.-based trainer Keith Veney, Felton says he has lost approximately 15 pounds since the end of the 2012-13 season. He played at around 212 pounds last year and is encouraged with his new physique and the added speed it can lead to.
“I was quick before, but if you take off 15 pounds, you can be that much quicker,” Felton said Sunday at a Big Brothers-Big Sisters New York City event at St. John’s.
I think the overall commitment Felton is showing is something that could go a long way to him having a big season.
I haven’t been Felton’s biggest supporter, but he has fit in well with the Knicks, and his weight wasn’t an issue last season when he started 68 games for the team that finished the season with the second best record in the Eastern Conference.
Dropping the extra pounds should only help him improve upon that effort next year.
It also could make him a little bit better defensively, which would be big.
Felton was torched by opposing point guards a season ago and if dropping a few pounds means that he could do a better job at that end of the floor then it is a bonus for Knicks’ head coach Mike Woodson.
Either way it is something that is good to see.
A lot of the Knicks like to talk about winning a championship. It looks like Felton is showing the commitment to trying to do exactly that.