Raymond Felton said during last year’s training camp he had a giant chip on his shoulder. He backed his bravado with a respectable return to New York that hushed the Jeremy Lin fans.
But as Felton and the Knicks disintegrated in the second round last May with the Knicks starting point guard failing to a hit a field goal in the nightmare Game 6 in Indiana Felton said a new chip has grown.

“The chip is still there’’ said Felton who got outplayed by Indiana’s George Hill. “It’s a bitter taste in my mouth the way the season ended last year. The chip is still there. If anything it’s another chip. It’s now on the other shoulder. I’m still coming out with the same attitude still with a lot to prove.’’

Indeed Felton does have more to prove. While he has said since July he will become a bigger leader off the court this season Felton also must prove he can excel in a traditional backcourt on the hardwood — with a shooting guard. Felton also must handle quicker point guards on defense better than he did in 2012-13.

Though coach Mike Woodson is yet to formally name his starting lineup for Wednesday’s preseason opener in Providence against the Celtics he is expected to go with a Felton-Iman Shumpert backcourt if the
Georgia Tech product’s right shoulder feels OK. Shumpert after sitting out contact drills for three straight days participated in Monday’s scrimmage but needed an hour of shoulder therapy afterward.

The Felton-Shumpert duo played together just 11 times as a backcourt tandem last season. Woodson found Felton’s best play occurred when he started alongside either point guard Jason Kidd or Pablo Prigioni. Felton and Shumpert didn’t have much chemistry.

“I had enough time with Shump I know the way he likes to play’’ Felton said. “He likes to play like me aggressive loves to play defense and likes to push the ball on offense. I don’t think we need too much time with one another.’’