Raymond Felton has some heated words for "certain people" back in Portland

Raymond Felton (2) drives against Golden State Warriors'

Raymond Felton (2) drives against Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry during the first half of a game in Oakland, Calif. (March 11, 2013) (Credit: AP)

DENVER -- Raymond Felton's return to Portland Thursday night could be more heated and intense than Carmelo Anthony's to Denver. Felton said some people in Portland should watch their backs.

"Certain people there I don't want to see and better not come near me at all," Felton said.

Felton, who spent just last season with the Blazers, said he wasn't referring to the fans, and wouldn't say at whom his ire is directed.

It could be the media, who was critical of his play and being out of shape after the lockout ended last season. "I think probably the worst moment I had in basketball was there, for sure," Felton said.

Felton, who has admitted he was in bad shape last season, started 56 games for Portland and averaged 11.4 points and 6.5 assists. One Portland-area newspaper was overly critical of Felton, suggesting some places for him to avoid when he's in town.

"I really don't care, man," Felton said. "I'm going to laugh the whole time . . . It's going to be funny to me because I'm happy now. I'm where I want to be. I could care less what they do or say. That's behind me."

Felton came into Wednesday night averaging 14.7 points and 5.8 assists. He said he will have X-rays on his right pinkie when the Knicks return from this trip. Felton said as of now he won't need surgery after the season.

Karl on J.R.J.R. Smith said he would purposely do things "to [tick] George [Karl] off" when he played in Denver. Karl said Smith was a "spectacular" player, but he grew tired of their feuding and said it was best that Smith left in 2011.

"There was a lot of pain because of the good and bad that comes with watching him play," Karl said. "I just thought it was a healthier . . . situation to go some place." "As the coach I'm the one who gives the minutes and to me to give him a lot minutes he's going to have to give me some simple, solid fundamentals, I think that was the fight that we had. The fight was he wanted more freedom, more opportunities to express his offensive skills, I wanted more basic, solid, simple."

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