Knicks' Shumpert to make season debut on Thursday

Iman Shumpert to make season debut for Knicks in London

1/16/13 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Blog Photo - Knicks' Shumpert to make season debut on ThursdayKnicks' shooting guard Iman Shumpert (knee surgery) is expected to make his season debut on Thursday against the Detroit Pistons, a game that will be played overseas in London. Shumpert went down with a devastating knee injury in the first game of the Knicks' disappointing 2012 playoff series against the Miami Heat. The young guard underwent surgery the next day, and has been targeting a return at midseason ever since - the Knicks play their 38th game on Thursday.

"I'm anxious and excited to play again," Shumpert told the media. He went on to encourage both the fans and his coaching staff by saying that he's "really forgetting about the knee" when he's playing. Shumpert's youth (22 years old) and perimeter defense will be welcomed with open arms by one of the NBA's older teams that has had trouble stonewalling penetration at times on the defensive end. Shumpert established himself as one of the game's premier on-ball defenders last year as a rookie, and will usually draw the responsibility of defending the opponent's best perimeter player.

Shumpert suggested that he has even more to contribute, saying he can bring a higher tempo to the Knicks' veteran squad. "Right now, I can add to the open court," Shumpert said. Ironically enough, Shumpert sustained his knee injury while pushing the ball up court off an outlet pass.

One of the most important things Shumpert provides, however, is depth. The Knicks have struggled to solidify their shooting guard spot ever since point guard Raymond Felton went down with a hand injury. As a result of Felton's absence, shooting guard Jason Kidd has slid over to point guard. Ronnie Brewer initially drew the start alongside Kidd in the backcourt, but struggled mightily in that role, prompting Woodson to start James White, who doesn't offer much outside of athleticism.

Shumpert may start over White in his first game back. The coaching staff is expected to see "where he is mentally and physically" before they decide on whether he'll start or come off the bench. Either way, every minute he's on the court, he'll be an upgrade over White or Brewer.

Perhaps the best news about Shumpert's return is the fact that he'll be keeping the immaculate high-top fade that he grew out while rehabbing his injured knee. He grew out the unique hairstyle due to his admiration for the '90's, and even shaved a couple of stripes into the side in honor of former Knick and Slam Dunk champion Kenny "Sky" Walker. Shumpert's fade makes Norris Cole's hair look like a buzz cut.

Shumpert was named to the All-Rookie team last season, and will look to build on his initial success. His ceiling is is incredibly high, and his return to the court is extremely anticipated by Knicks coaches, players, and fans.
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8/27/14   |   tob19323

"Hizo su debut en la temporada el 17 de enero en un partido contra los Pistons de Detroit en el O2 Arena de Londres." descargar whatsapp
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8/17/13   |   obatistax

On January 13, 2013 , Shumpert was medically cleared to participate in team practice. He made his season debut on January 17 in a game against the Detroit Pistons at the O2 Arena in London. He went on to have 8 points, a steal, 3 rebounds, and one assist. Head coach Mike Woodson would later tell the media that he was "happy as hell" to have him back, a sentiment echoed by teammate Carmelo Anthony.

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7/26/13   |   xjpyeeie

He made his season debut on January 17 in a game against the Detroit Pistons at the O2 Arena in London.

7/6/13   |   obatistax

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5/28/13   |   ps4336

i love Shumpert, i really want to see him playing again, 

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