Monday, June 18th, 2012 at 10:55 am  |  14 responses

Iman Shumpert Planning to Return to Action in January

Iman Shumpert is doing rehab work on his left knee, which he shredded in the first round of the Playoffs against the Miami Heat. Shumpert tells the NY Post that his aim is to be back in uniform by January: “The Knicks guard, who made an appearance yesterday at a Sprint NBA Nation event at South Street Seaport, is back walking under his own power after surgery early last month to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. But he is still expecting to miss the first two months of the season. ‘The target date [for my return] is January,’ Shumpert said. That means Shumpert is expecting his return to be closer to eight months, the long end of the six-to-eight-month initial projection for his recovery from the surgery. Shumpert, who impressed as a defensive stopper in his rookie season, suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Knicks’ first-round playoff exit at the hands of the Heat after averaging 9.5 points in the regular season. The Knicks took him with the 17th pick in last year’s draft. ‘It feels great,’ Shumpert said of his knee. ‘[The rehab] is going well. I’ve got a great training staff with me, and I trust them 100 percent. I’m going to them Monday through Friday, and on the weekends I just ice it and do regular stuff.’”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    Hope he doesn’t have an injury plagued career.

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    ^agreed, one of my favourite young players. i don’t wish than anyone has an injury plagued career by the way

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    ^If you look at it that way .. :)
    Let’s say I don’t hope that for Lebron for example because he never is injured, but Shump has been off the court more than on the court.

  • KaneDaddyBig

    I hope he doesn’t rush back. It’s going to be hard for him to resist rushing back on the court but I hope the Knicks realize his value and stress a long, successful rehab. Long term he is going to be their glue guy.

  • O

    I’ve just recently come to accept the fact that the Knicks will not win an NBA championship with the current roster. They need to build around Melo, Chandler and Shumpert. I like Lin, but not entirely sure he’s a starter. They need to trade Stat, Fields, Douglas and Balkman. I’d trade them all to Charlotte for they number 2 pick, man.

  • KaneDaddyBig

    Melo will not win a championship. He’s talented but lacks the drive to lose some of that baby fat, rarely commits to defense, and is the definition of a ball stopper. He’ll get you to the first round but beyond that idk.

  • DerekG

    KaneDaddyBig I really hope you’re wrong about your last sentence but history suggests you aren’t *sigh*

  • KaneDaddyBig

    I really hope I’m wrong to. I hope I’m wrong with everything I said. I just don’t think I am.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max

    Are you guys some new breed of Knicks fans, who aren’t delusional?

  • LA Huey

    Max, seriously. I’m convinced they’re going for the reverse jinx.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=rwDluFZQmtQ Max


  • Basketball iQ

    melo is a ball stopper but paul pierce used to be too… the right coach can come along and make him change i think. woodson isnt the one bc hes too soft and he doesnt have a x&o game like Doc.

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com KHOLIDAY05

    He better stay outta clubs if he’s planning on coming back in Jan. He was in the middle of that Chris Brown / Drake catfight too. Tony Parker damn near lost an eye in there

  • http://www.twitter.com/hurstysyd Hursty

    People are only just figuring out that this Knicks team as currently constructed won’t win the NBA Championship? Excellent news. Seems there’s life out there after-all.
    BasketballiQ – Pierce was never a ball-stopper. He simply didn’t have the offensive tools around him to make good passes. He had Antoine Walker for a couple years, Reggie Lewis passed away, Chauncey Billups and Ron Mercer were traded away. Kenny Anderson was the 3rd best player on the Pierce/Walker teams. They also drafted horribly from ’98-06ish. Joe Johnson was also traded. Walker got traded by Ainge for Raef LaFrenz and a bunch of scrubs + a pick in 2004. They picked up Al Jefferson, Delonte West (I believe) & Tony Allen in 04. They then traded Walker away AGAIN (to the Heat). They picked up Wally Sczerbkaanjkvarugh and the Kandyman through trades. Then they picked up Telfair & Rondo via the draft.
    The vast majority of that 10year gap from Lewis’ death to 06 was horrendous for drafting by the Celtics, made worse by more terrible trades. Sure, they made the playoffs, and won a couple of series, but overall, they were pretty garbage.