Iman Shumpert had a companion during his All-Star break trip to Houston, where he did some promotional appearances.
The Knicks coaches and video staff gave him a DVD of his highlights from last season, when he made the All-Rookie first team. Shumpert hasn’t been the same player since his mid-January return from ACL surgery and the Knicks actually have listened to offers entering today’s trading deadline.
“Our video guys and coaches put together a little thing what I was doing last year,’’ Shumpert said yesterday before the Knicks 125-91 loss to the Pacers. “Put those positive vibes back in my head what I was doing before and what I was doing lately. I need to get back in the habit of always pushing myself to do more.’’
Shumpert has more watching to do. He had a lousy night in yesterday’s debacle, scoring just four points and was 1 of 7 — 0 for 4 from 3-point land — and his starting job could be in jeopardy. Amar’e Stoudemire started the second half for Shumpert. After the game, coach Mike Woodson stormed off when asked about a starting lineup change, saying “I’m not talking about changes.’’
Shumpert started the game as usual, was yanked after 6:13 and didn’t return until the final minutes of the half despite the Knicks getting ransacked.
The Knicks, however, have no plans on trading Shumpert today. They are just hoping he looks like the player on the video by April’s playoffs — even with his new retro “hightop.’’
“I think I was just a lot more aggressive,’’ Shumpert said beforehand after watching tape. “I got more rebounds, pushing the break myself. A lot of times I get a rebound, I sort of look around and see who’s around. Last year, it was just get the rebound and go. Just little things I hadn’t noticed.’’
Shumpert, besides an ACL tear, also tore the meniscus in his knee that day in Miami last April in Game 1 of the playoffs.
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