JR Smith Could Replace Iman Shumpert in Knicks’ Starting Lineup

by October 09, 2013

According to New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson, there’s a strong possibility that JR Smith could be moved from the bench and into the starting lineup. Sorry, Iman Shumpert. Per the NY Post: “Woodson reiterated he wants to go with a traditional shooting guard this season rather than last season’s backcourt featuring two point guards. Shumpert, coming off a sore shoulder, likely will start the preseason opener Wednesday in Providence against the Celtics, with point guard Raymond Felton — unless Woodson feels Shumpert isn’t ready. ‘I’d like to go with a big lineup with Raymond and either J.R. or Iman at the two[-guard],’ Woodson said. ‘If I can get to that point where they’re competing [for it]. We’ll see how it plays out.’ Shumpert started last season after returning Jan. 17 from an ACL tear. Woodson may be trying to light a fire under Shumpert in not guaranteeing him a starting job. Smith said last week he would no longer complain about the sixth man role. ‘We’re still trying to figure out Iman [and his role],’ Woodson said. ‘I’m going to turn to him, play him and [get] his confidence in his game.’ Woodson indicated Shumpert is more prepared to learn this season. ‘When he came in, some of the veteran guys got to him early and he was able to listen,’ Woodson said. ‘With young players, you got to listen and accept coaching. As coaches, we’re not always right. But you have to accept coaching. He’s done that.'”