Knicks coach stands behind Felton, will play versus Heat

Wed Feb 26, 2014 2:33pm EST
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By Larry Fine

GREENBURGH, New York (Reuters) - New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson said on Wednesday that he stood behind point guard Raymond Felton, who was arrested on Tuesday on gun possession charges, and that Felton would remain in the Knicks' lineup.

"Bottom line is, Ray is part of our team," Woodson told reporters after Wednesday's practice, in which Felton participated.

"As his coach I'm going to support him and make sure he's doing everything the right way from here on out, and try to get him to concentrate on basketball."

Felton, 29, was charged after his wife's divorce attorney took a weapon that was allegedly the player's and was not registered in New York City to a local police station, authorities said.

He is charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree and with criminal possession of a firearm, authorities said. If convicted, he could face a prison sentence of up to seven years on the third-degree possession charge.

He is scheduled to return to court on June 2, following the end of the NBA's regular season.

Woodson said Felton would travel with the team for Thursday's game in Miami against the defending National Basketball Association champion Heat.

Felton delivered a statement to reporters, making no comment on the case and taking no questions.   Continued...

New York Knicks point guard Raymond Felton (C) leaves Manhattan Criminal Court after his arraignment in New York February 25, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly