NBA: Felton says arrest not a distraction
GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) — Raymond Felton is determined to keep personal turmoil from affecting what was already his most trying season professionally.
A day after his arrest on felony weapons charges, Felton returned to practice with the New York Knicks, saying that was “not a distraction” to the team. Felton spoke for less than a minute and did not take questions. He thanked family, friends and teammates for their support and insisted his thoughts were on the Knicks’ game Thursday night in Miami.
The Knicks are barely hanging on in the playoff race and Felton’s struggles have been among their biggest problems. Slowed by nagging leg injuries early, he’s averaging a career-worst 10.4 points on 40.3 percent shooting for a team with a 21-36 record.
Coach dislikes Gasol’s comments
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said he understands the frustration that led to critical comments from Pau Gasol, but wishes the star center had not lashed out publicly.
D’Antoni addressed Gasol’s comments before the Lakers’ 108-103 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday, saying much of the frustration comes from losing and a change in the team’s style of play.
Following Tuesday night’s 118-98 defeat at Indiana, the Lakers’ leading scorer criticized the club for a lack of discipline and expressed frustration with Los Angeles using smaller lineups.
Gasol mentioned everything from selfish play to D’Antoni’s offense as problems.
The Lakers have lost three straight and seven of eight after their latest defeat. Injuries to Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and others have left Los Angeles with the worst record in the Western Conference.