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Knicks' Felton Says Gun Arrest Not a Distraction, Will Play Thursday

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A day after he was charged with illegal possession of a gun, Knicks point guard Raymond Felton spoke to reporters at practice about his legal situation.

Felton addressed the allegations at the Knicks training facility in Westchester before the team heads to Miami to play the Heat Thursday night.

Felton was charged Tuesday with criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.

Authorities say Felton's estranged wife brought a loaded gun into a police precinct Monday, a gun allegedly belonging to Felton.

"Thank you to my teammates, thank you to the fans, to my family, to my friends, everybody for their support in this situation," Felton said. "This is not a distraction to this team. I'm focusing on finishing out this season, finishing out these games with my teammates. And going down to Miami, focusing on this next game at task versus the defending champs."

Felton went on to say, "As far as speaking on what's going on off the court with me, there will be no comment. Speaking on that. If you've got any questions, anything dealing with that, speak with my lawyer."

Also at Knicks practice, coach Mike Woodson said there was never any internal discussion about having Felton sit out for a few games, and when teammate Tyson Chandler was asked about the case, he was quoted as saying he doesn't think it's any of his business.

There are no travel restrictions on Felton.

A judge on Tuesday set a six-month order of protection for Felton's wife.

The case is adjourned until June 2nd.

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