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If Raymond Felton is Tired of Being Called Fat, He Needs to Start Producing

courtesy: Turnontheknicks.com

New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton does not like being called fat. Shocker.

His weight has been one of the biggest criticisms of his game over his 8-year career, and Felton is sick of it. In an interview with Newsday‘s AlIannazzone, Felton said:

“I had one year when I was out of shape, now everybody wants to talk about my weight every year. It’s kind of getting old. It’s kind of getting on my nerves that that’s all you want to talk about.”

Felton has struggled on the court this season in New York. His 10.3 points per game average is the lowest of his career. But Felton doesn’t think his weight is the issue at all.

“Right now, nobody can’t criticize anything about my fitness. My weight is down even lower than it was early in the season. And I feel great. Early in the season I was hurt. I’m playing with an injury. I just feel like that is a cop-out thing that somebody just wants to talk about.

Most of the weight jokes about Felton come from his lone season

This picture of Felton surfaced during his days in Portland (courtesy: businessinsider.com)

This picture of Felton surfaced during his days in Portland
(courtesy: businessinsider.com)

in Portland where pictures surfaced that made it look like Felton had put on an extra pound or twenty. Since returning the Knicks, he’s dropped to 205 pounds, but he still looks doughy.

Someone needs to tell Felton that nobody likes to be called fat. If he wants to silence the critics and end all the talk about you weight, he needs do something about it!

Felton’s play on the court this season has been subpar to say the least. Going by the statistics, this is without a doubt the worst season of Felton’s career. His 10.3 points per game is a career low, and his .286% 3-point shooting percentage is about five percentage points lower than his career average. If Felton wants the media to stop criticizing him, he needs to perform better on the court.

Another way Felton can end all the talk about him being overweight is by getting in the weight room on a consistent basis. Who knows if Felton is on a consistent lifting program right now, but going by the eye test, it doesn’t look like it. NBA trainers are some of the best in the business, and the Knicks’ trainers would whip Felton into shape in no time. Felton wouldn’t come out looking like Dwight Howard by any means, but a few extra gym sessions could tone him up and make it look like he at least cares about his conditioning.

ESPN.com lists Felton as 6’1″, 205 pounds. The only other two starting point guards in the league over 200 pounds are Toronto’s Kyle Lowry (6’0″, 205 lbs) and Brooklyn’s Deron Williams (6’3″, 205 lbs).

Williams has had his conditioning questioned by the media before as

Deron Williams is one of the strongest guards in the league. (courtesy: The Brooklyn Game)

Deron Williams is one of the strongest guards in the league. (courtesy: The Brooklyn Game)

well, but he’s always been known as one of the strongest guards in the NBA. Nobody has ever said that about Felton. Lowry is the most similar in size to Felton, but nobody is criticizing his conditioning because he’s playing terrific basketball season for the first place Raptors.

At the end of the day, the fans and the media only care about good basketball. If Raymond Felton has 305 pounds but scored 18 points and dished out 9 assists per game, the fans would love it. No one would question his weight or conditioning.

But as it is right now, Felton is struggling on the court, and that’s why his weight is a constant criticism of his. To silence his critics, all he has to do is play like he did when he first signed with the Knicks in 2010. In the early part of that season, Felton averaged 17 points and 9 assists per game in the Big Apple, and nobody questioned his weight.

To shut them up again, he has to produce like that. That’s the only way Raymond Felton can end the constant talk about his weight.

Do you think Raymond Felton should be concerned about his weight? How can he end these issues? Leave it below.


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