Iman Shumpert cleared for play, could return Thursday in London

Oct. 1, 2012; Tarrytown, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert speaks to the media at the MSG Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The electric guard, Iman Shumpert, who tore his ACL and meniscus in his left knee last season during the New York Knicks postseason run could be bringing his flattop to the court sooner rather than later.

According to ESPN New York:

“He’s been cleared,” coach Mike Woodson said after Saturday’s practice at the team’s training facility. “He’ll practice on Monday and if we get the two practices in — for sure one in London and there’s no setback — he’ll be cleared probably to play in the Detroit game.”

The guard should be eased back to the court and see a minutes restriction when he returns. But the Knicks could definitely use a boost off the bench as they are 4-6 in their last 10 games and have been wildly inconsistent after getting out to one of the better starts in the NBA this season.

Shumpert will bring energy and defensive prowess to the struggling Knicks, most likely playing behind Jason Kidd and J.R. Smith while Raymond Felton tends to his injured pinky.

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