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Iman Shumpert reportedly “on target” for January return

Aug 17, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

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The Knicks need Iman Shumpert back — they need perimeter defense and he is the one guy on the roster who can deliver it every night..

But he tore his ACL in the Knicks first playoff game (like Derrick Rose in Chicago) and his return is a little bit in flux.

Newsday caught up with Shumpert — who previously said he was hoping for a January return to the lineup.

“I have a steady rehab and we mix it up,” said Shumpert…. “There’s a little bit more I can do every day, but it’s definitely not the same thing being on the court sweating. I can’t wait until I get back….

“It’s getting better . . . Everything’s been good so far,” Shumpert said. “I haven’t had any bad days. I’m happy about that. I’ll be going to a MRI soon and see if we can pick up the intensity of my rehab.”

Eight months is the earliest someone can come back from an ACL injury (which would have Shumpert taking the court around Christmas and New Years. But like Rose Shumpert should not rush back — he has a long career ahead of him and consistent knee issues can shorten them. Take your time, do the rehab, make sure everything is 100 percent. No need to risk re-injury for a January date against the Magic. Get it right before you step on the court.

  1. dysraw1 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    very important part of what Woody needs in order to successful

  2. thenoblefacehumper - Aug 17, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    An article relating to the Knicks with no immature cheap shot? Kurt are you feeling okay?

  3. gmen4life33 - Aug 17, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    “they need perimeter defense and he is the one guy on the roster who can deliver it every night”

    Ronnie Brewer

    “come back from an ACL injury (which would have Shumpert taking the court around Christmas and New Years. But like Rose Shumpert ”

    If you use a ( , you have to also end your thought with a ) , otherwise it just read like 5th grade mumbo jumbo. Also, who is Rose Shumpert? Try: But like Rose, Shumpert….

    Seriously dude, take some pride and read your articles one time before you hit submit.

    • therealroman - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:04 PM

      It’s easy talking about high-profile athletes, suggesting things they should change in the way they go about stuff, areas in their game they need to improve ect. Or giving advice to GM’s and doing that in a sometimes patronizing way. All that stuff is easy and everybody can do it / many people in the Internet do. This guy gets paid to do it, but he doesn’t change his way to go about things or areas he can improve in, even though almost every published article contains errors and many people point his mistakes out to him.
      He either doesn’t read the comments because many are so negative (or internet-troll-childish type of disrespectful) or he just doesn’t give a damn.

  4. eventhorizon04 - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    So many young guards in the East getting surgery (Rose, Bradley, and Shumpert).

    Hope they all come back 100%.

    With Ronnie Brewer, the Knicks should be very much in the mix for a 4-6 seed throughout the year, but Shumpert will help them out tremendously, especially since if Brewer gets into foul trouble, the Knicks don’t have any other guards who are elite defenders.

    • dysraw1 - Aug 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      heres the thing Boston BK. and PHIL have all gotten better the Knicks made some improvements,but it gonna be a test at practically any arena they step into i dont think any team is gonna be a pushover though i am happy with my teams roster i am fearful these three teams can be better

  5. rocirius - Aug 18, 2012 at 11:45 PM

    Wow dysraw, it’s refreshing to hear from a realistic Knicks fan. Barring major injuries to any team, I see them competing with Philly and Brooklyn for the 2-4 spots in the Atlantic. Like eventhorizon04, I think that should be good for a 4-6 seed in the Eastern Conference. My prediction is Boston, Brooklyn, NY, Philly, Toronto, with NY at #5 in the Eastern Conference. That said, Carmelo and Amare better be healthy all year or they will slip to a 6-8 seed at best.

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