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Old 01-15-2013, 03:49 PM   #4
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Default Re: Iman Shumpert return date could be fairly soon

Woodson addressed a small group of reporters for 15 minutes at the Knicks posh hotel and he was the only one from the team's entourage made available to the media. Woodson revealed that assuming Iman Shumpert goes through Wednesday's practice pain-free that the second year guard will make his season debut against the Pistons. In fact, Woodson wouldn't rule out the possibility of Shumpert, sidelined since early last May following major knee surgery, will start his first game.

"We'll see," Woodson added. "That could be a possibility as well based on him loosening up. If the doctors said that might be a way to go I wouldn't be scared of putting him in the starting lineup. He's been there before."

Shumpert's imminent return will make the Knicks better defensively and it will allow Woodson to cut back on Jason Kidd's minutes. All 15 players on the roster traveled to London including Marcus Camby, who is out for at least another 10 days with a left foot injury. Rasheed Wallace, who is closing in on being out five weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot, is said to be getting closer to returning but Woodson isn't sure that Wallace will face his former team on Thursday.

-- NY Daily News
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