North Carolina Basketball: Felton might be back by Monday

The former North Carolina point guard coming back early might be the best Xmas present the Knicks can get

The former UNC point guard coming back early might be the best Xmas present the Knicks get

As I posted about a couple of hours ago Kendall Marshall is back in the National Basketball Association. Now there is news about another former North Carolina point guard. Seems that Raymond Felton, the starting floor general for the New York Knicks, should be back playing with his team by Monday, ahead of his scheduled return.

Before all of this becomes a certainty the 29 year old guard, who had been sidelined with a hamstring injury since Dec. 11, will go through a pair of hard work outs on Friday and Sunday. If those go well then you could see the former 2005 National Champion under head coach Roy Williams back in action on Monday versus the Orlando Magic.

“We’re going to see what happens [after the workouts] and see how I feel. Make sure the doctors look at me and everything and make sure nothing is sore,” Felton told ESPNNewYork.com at his second annual holiday party, where he provided gifts and a basketball clinic to 100 local children at Basketball City. “So we’ll see what happens but I’m shooting for Monday.”

The floor general, who is not having as good of a season as last, hopes that when he is back on the court for the Knicks he will be fully healthy so that he can get back into the swing of things. With the way that the New York franchise has been going this season, thanks also to many injuries, can use all the help they get. A healthy point guard could be the best Christmas present the team could receive this campaign. Felton being able to play like he did last season would just be the cherry on top.

While it is great to see Felton coming back, even more impressive is his work with the New York City youth. The former Tar Heel hosted 100 children at Basketball City. The kids went through a basketball clinic and then were treated to pizza, prizes and free clothing courtesy of the guard and his foundation.

“I can’t do it for the whole world, I wish I could. But just to impact and touch 100 kids’ lives, that’s my Christmas present to myself and to them,” Felton said. “This right here means more to me than anything … it means the world to me.”

I guess, after a bad day last night for the Tar Heel program, with the loss to Texas, today is an excellent day for the former North Carolina players, as Marshall comes back to the league and Felton seems to be ready to play once more after his injury. From the Big Apple to Tinsel Town… it’s a great day to be a Tar Heel!