Posted January 15, 2013 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Knicks ‘Shump’ Excited About London Debut!

“At the end of the day, I laid on the side court a little bit just taking it all in,” said Shumpert, who hasn’t played since tearing his ACL and meniscus last April 28 in a first-round playoff loss to Miami. “Coming up in London, my first chance of playing ball again. It’s been a long time, so I was really happy and really in awe that I made it through.

“Obviously, I’m extremely excited. I’ll probably get chills, be a little anxious out there. But I hope to have it settled down and be ready to play.’’

“If he doesn’t have any setbacks, he’ll play Thursday, absolutely,’’ coach Mike Woodson said. “He’s going to help us a lot. He proved that last season for us as a rookie. He brings a lot of energy, and his toughness from a defensive standpoint, man, you just can’t measure that. Sometimes it becomes contagious amongst his peers.

“So we just got to take it slow with him. He’ll be on minute restrictions once he’s back and just kind of go from there. We just can’t rush into his situation. We’ve got to be open-minded to [the fact] he’s coming off major surgery.’’ – nypost

”I think the NBA did a great job with the way they scheduled it, getting us over there three days early, give us a chance to get acclimated to London, and then coming back having some days off as well,” Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony said. ”So this is a big week for us as far as getting our bodies right and taking care of the things we’ve got to take care of.” – foxsports

GB UK London here we come! Knicks’ top defender, young and gifted, Iman Shumpert AKA Shump is just about ready, and plans to make his return (debut) to the Knicks in London on Thursday! The Knicks and Pistons have already arrived in UK, and getting ready for the Thursday matinee: NY Knicks (24-13) vs. Detroit Pistons (14-24) 3PM EST on NBATV! The tip-off is actually 9PM in London time! Check out conversation between Shump and coach Woodson, and Melo’s take on the London game above!