Now Raymond Felton is saying he feels he knows what the problem is.
Raymond Felton is sick of the rumors, and he is tired of the speculation. And he doesn't want to hear any more about the potential Carmelo Anthony deal that has hung around the Garden like a specter over the past few weeks.Is it an excuse? Yes. And there's no giving the Knicks a pass at this point if they are letting it become a distraction. They are young but they have to deal with it and play hard.
"That's the problem right now," a prickly Felton said after the Knicks' 113-96 blowout loss to the Lakers on Friday night. "It's just that it's being talked about too much."
Wilson Chandler has been a zombie since he returned to the lineup. Gallinari has regressed since Will's return and struggled from the field last night. Landry Fields has had patches of inconsistency.
Fans have clamored for a deal to get done, which I find interesting because so many talked about how the Knicks should wait because they controlled all the "leverage" in this situation. What happened to "why not just get him as a free agent?"
As much as one would like to, you can't have it both ways.
This is a .500 team. This is a young team. But it is one that has to play hard and deal with the rumors, at least until the situation comes to a head.
Ultimately, does Donnie Walsh weather the storm and continue wait to see how this plays out towards the deadline, or is Denver holding the Knicks to the fire asking for too much in return?
Is there too much to give in return to get a superstar player?
Valid questions that need answers.