Sort of slim. Pretty fast.
Former Portland Trail Blazers guard Raymond Felton has dropped a significant amount of weight heading into New York Knicks training camp this fall.
On Tuesday, I reported that Felton recently weighed in at 207 pounds.
CBSSports.com has learned that Felton recently weighed in at 207 pounds, significantly lighter than his preseason weight in December 2011, coming off of the lockout.
On Thursday, Tony Williams of NJ.com reports that Felton provided a fairly specific weight loss figure.
But now that he's back in New York, a slimmer Felton (he says he's lost over 20 pounds since leaving the Blazers) is on a mission to show why he was the fifth-overall pick in the 2005 draft, saying his conditioning is supreme.
"It's a big difference. Last year I was out of shape and this year I'm in shape. My body is great, feels good," Felton said, acknowledging he knew what was being said about him. "I was caught off guard [with the criticism] but I'm not going to make any excuses [because] plain and simple I was out of shape."
"I still averaged decent numbers [11.4 points, 6.5 assists, 1.3 steals] and didn't shoot it that bad [.407 field goal percentage, .305 from 3, and .806 on free throws]. But just because I came into camp out of shape the one year out of the seven I had before, everyone wanted to talk about that."
The Blazers agreed to sign-and-trade Felton to the Knicks in July after his one season in Portland ended in disaster.
Felton famously "kept it 100" by inviting his critics to his condo last April. Then, during the summer, Felton promised to "drop 50" points on bloggers who criticized him when he returns to Portland.
Felton got married in August and his wedding registry included an interesting item: two Calphalon Classic Nonstick Cupcake Carriers.
Felton, 28, pencils in as the Knicks' starting point guard after the team elected not to match an offer made by the Houston Rockets to restricted free agent guard Jeremy Lin.
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