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Iman Shumpert cleared for full contact in practice, near return

Jan 8, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

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Iman Shumpert is close to returning to the New York Knicks.

He tweeted that the doctors have cleared him for full contact practices, which is the last step to getting back on the court for games. He worked out for team doctors and officials before Monday night’s game against the Celtics and apparently that went well. Go through a couple full practices and if his knee is fine he is back.

Which is good news for the Knicks. Even though nobody should expect him to come back playing exactly like he did before his injury, his presence on the perimeter should help the Knicks defense. And that is the area they need help — they are 18th in the NBA in points allowed per possession (via Hoopdata). They are winning regular season games because their offense is so good, but in the playoffs they will not last long without better, more consistent defense. They can do it, they gave up 5 fewer points per 100 possessions last season. They have Tyson Chandler in the paint to anchor that defense.

Shumpert back on the court will help with that.

  1. supremekingz - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    As a Bulls fan, this guy scares me. I saw him absolutely lock down Derrick Rose for stretches and then watched him do the same to Rondo and a few other fast guards. His defense is a problem. Great player to have back if you’re a Knicks fan. He’s a 2 that can guard other teams 1 and 2 guards no problem.

    And he’s still so young

  2. nbascreed - Jan 8, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Is he going to cut his box? Someone please say ‘yes’.

    • fventricle - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM

      stop spamming with your stupid website…you suck, give up

  3. dysraw1 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    music to my ears

  4. archibaldnemesis - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:35 PM

    Knicks now have a log jam on the active roster. With Felton out it will be ok but I wonder who the odd man out is if they are ever fully healthy.

    • stoudemelo - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      Hopefully brewer.

  5. jolink653 - Jan 8, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    There have been a lot of reports that he’s also really stepped up his offensive game to go with his lockdown wing defense…If we get him back healthy and offensively improved, he’s gonna be a dangerous player added to this current roster…Should be exciting to watch when he rejoins the active roster

  6. cdins - Jan 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    They could at least state the injury he is returning from. (Although I know its an ACL)

  7. superseahawk - Jan 8, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    His hair is fresh and funky. He should keep it the way it is, high and mighty!

  8. themagicfanguy - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    @jolink No, there haven’t. You know why? Because you can’t improve your offensive skills when you’re recovering from a torn ACL and CAN’T PLAY basketball!

    • saint1997 - Jan 8, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      you just proved your stupidity. Players always do things like that coming back from injuries because they CAN work on ball handling and free throws and then later on in the process jumpshots

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