T?he move from Charlotte to New York to play for the Knicks has been an adjustment, but exciting at the same time. I grew up in South Carolina, played at North Carolina and was drafted by the Bobcats, so New York is taking some getting used to. I’ve spent my entire basketball career in the Carolinas, so playing in the Big Apple comes with a lot of new experiences.
This is my sixth NBA season and one of the most impressive aspects of being a Knick is my experiences with all of the people who work behind-the-scenes with the team. Everything about the organization has been first class all the way. Attention to detail is paid in every area of the way we conduct our business, from our daily schedules to the food we eat before and after workouts. Everyone wants us to be successful and makes what we do on the court so much easier.
So far this season we’ve had some ups and downs, but one thing I’ve taken great pride in is being asked to be co-captain with Amar’e. I’ve made it a priority to lead this team by example, both on and off the court. I’m confident that once Amar’e and I get our one-two-punch rolling on the court, the rest of the team’s play will fall in line. I also like having the responsibility of getting the team to bond, so I try to put together dinners or Monday Night Football parties in our down time.
Because I spent most of my life in the same area I have very strong ties to the community and the work I’ve done with the people there is near to my heart. I’ve been so happy to discover that I’m able to continue my passion for community service here in New York. It’s very important to me to use my free time giving back and through the Garden of Dreams Foundation I’m able to do just that. I’m looking forward to many new experiences as a New Yorker and bringing success to my new team.
Raymond Felton, 26, is the Knicks’ starting point guard.