Tuesday Practice Report

Jonah Ballow
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Watching Iman Shumpert complete a one-handed windmill dunk provided all the necessary information to assess his current health.  The rookie was back on the floor on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden Training Center and seems ahead of schedule for a possible return to game action after suffering a sprained knee injury in the win over Boston on Christmas Day.

“Earlier, I worked out hard.  I did a lot of shooting, cutting, a lot of jumping, just to see what I could get out of it.  Everything felt good and felt stable,” Shumpert explained. 

When asked about the speedy recovery, Shumpert joked, “I’m young.  I’m pretty health all the time, so I’ve bounced back from some injuries pretty quick, so I was kind of leaning on my youth to get me back quick.”

Another familiar face joined the basketball activities on Tuesday as Amar’e Stoudemire hit the court after missing two consecutive games with a sprained ankle.  The Knicks All-Star remains a gametime decision but similar to Shumpert, he looked strong while participating in drills and a 3-on-3 game. 

“I feel good,” Stoudemire emphatically stated.  “Today was a great indication of how my ankle feels.  I came out and was able to practice a little bit today.”

For Stoudemire, the time on the bench has presented an opportunity to view the games from a different perspective.  The frustration of watching his squad suffer a loss to Toronto is not an easy pill to swallow but the big man is taking advantage of the time to see what the team needs in terms of improvement.

“You know it’s always great when you have time to actually watch the games.  You can analyze from a far.  What I have noticed is that we are playing pretty good defense – our offense is a little bit static.  It’s something we’ve talked about since we started but it’s a matter of us moving the ball and becoming more comfortable with the offense and becoming confident,” Stoudemire added.

Stay tuned to KnicksNow.com for a scouting report on Wednesday morning with assistant coach Dan D’Antoni breaking down the matchup against the Bobcats.


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