According to Al Iannazzone from Newsday, Iman Shumpert will most likely make his season debut Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.
Coach Mike Woodson has made it clear that he wants to protect Shumpert from any future injuries and wants to start Shump’s season out slow, meaning that he’ll only see limited action. Woodson will likely speak to team doctors before finalizing his rotation but it seems as though he will start the second-year guard alongside Jason Kidd.
The starting lineup at the O2 arena should consist of; Kidd, Shumpert, rookie Chris Copeland, Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, who has recently recovered from a lingering illness.
With Raymond Felton still out and and Jason Kidd getting slower by the minute, Shumpert brings a new set of life to the rotation and gives relief to the other guards on the roster. An amazing defender, 21 Shump Street will give an added bonus to the lineup, given the Knicks’ recent lack of defensive intensity. Shump Shump also will bring an added spark of youthful energy to the Knicks’
The O2 arena is the perfect atmosphere for the return of the young guard. The feeling of a practice or exhibition game being away from home, is exactly what the recovering athlete needs. And three to four minute spurts are sure to be the least of the team’s worries from their explosive option at shooting guard.