Shump Eyes Return In London

Photo Credit: Rebecca Taylor / MSG

Jonah Ballow


A clean cut and reshaped flattop with three lines on the side signified something special for Iman Shumpert. 

Last week, Shumpert told he would not slice his flattop when he returned to the floor but he would feature a special cut for his debut.  After a lengthy practice session that included full-court three-on-three games, Shumpert looks poised to hit the floor in London.

“We will see how he feels tomorrow,” head coach Mike Woodson stated.  We just have to make sure he doesn’t have any setbacks and if not, he will play on Thursday against the Pistons.”

Shumpert joined Amar’e Stoudemire, Steve Novak, James White, Ronnie Brewer, and Chris Copeland in a fast pace pick-up game on Monday afternoon.  On one play, the second-year guard threw a behind the back pass to Stoudemire in transition for the one-handed dunk. 

“I feel like I’m in pretty good shape.  I was pretty good in three-on-three with the open space you have to do a lot more running.  I think I’m in pretty good shape,” Shumpert explained.

Basketball is a major part of Shumpert’s life and when the opportunity to play was ripped away from him in Miami during last year’s playoffs; he certainly felt the pain both mentally and physically.  Following today’s workout, Shumpert spent some time alone on the sidelines to truly reflect on his achievement.

“Coming up in London, my first chance to play ball again, it’s been a long time,” Shumpert said with some emotion.  “I was really happy but sort of in awe at the same time that I made it through all that I made it through.”

The Knicks will hold practice sessions in London prior to facing the Pistons on Thursday afternoon at 3 PM Eastern Time.  Stay tuned to for comprehensive coverage.

For more news and notes on the team follow the New York Knicks and Jonah on Twitter.