Felton apologizes to fans

Raymond Felton apologized to fans Thursday for the New York Knicks' slow start and asked for their patience.

The point guard says the Knicks are fine and will bounce back from a 1-3 start.

"The fans are not here in the locker room with us," Felton said on The Michael Kay Show on ESPN New York 98.7. "They are not inside (knowing) what's going on with this team. All I can say to the fans is we do apologize. I am speaking on behalf of myself and my teammates. We do apologize for the way we have been playing.

"We are not playing Knicks basketball right now," Felton continued. "We understand that. We are going to play harder, we are going to play better. It's early on in the season. Just be patient with us."

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WILL KNICKS ADD A BIG? Mike Woodson said on Thursday that he'd huddle with GM Steve Mills and assistant GM Allan Houston to discuss the possibility of adding a big man via free agency or trade in the wake of Tyson Chandler's injury.

With Chandler out for at least a month due to a fractured fibula, the Knicks may need to add a big body to fill the void. To add someone, they'd need to cut a player currently on the roster.

Woodson was asked on Thursday if the team would be interested in free agent big man Jason Collins, who is the first active athlete in the four major sports to be openly gay. Woodson did not want to discuss Collins or any other names specifically.

The Knicks probably fielded plenty of trade calls on Thursday and likely have a list of big men they've reached out to to gauge interest. One free agent big man they've had contact with is center Lou Amundson, sources told ESPN New York. Other options include Earl Barron, Ike Diogu and Desagana Diop.