- Posted: 2:17 PM, January 5, 2012
D’Antoni said he isn’t sure which position (shooting guard or point guard) would be the likely destination. The only negative to making the move is Shumpert still hasn't rounded into top form because of a knee sprain.
Shumpert was the lone bright light in Wednesday night’s horrifying 118-110 loss to the lowly Bobcats, scoring 18 points in 30 minutes, making 4 of 6 3-pointers, in his return from the injury.
Shumpert injured himself on opening day, spraining his knee, and missed four straight games. The Dynamic former Georgia Tech guard has become a huge Garden favorite, as the crowd chanted his name across the second half Wednesday.
He left with leg cramps late in the fourth quarter but is good to go Friday. The Knicks face Detroit on Saturday.
“I think you do consider it,’’ D’Antoni said of starting Shumpert. “We’ll see if we do it or not. He’ll obviously play a big part one way or another. We’re trying to find out what’s best for him. Especially when you’re 2-4, you consider a lot of things. ... We wouldn’t stand pat because our record is so good. We’ll consider it and talk about it.’’
It would seem more likely Shumpert replaces struggling shooting guard Landry Fields, who looked terrible vs. Charlotte, with 5 points and 3 turnovers. Problem is, Fields has never come off the bench with the Knicks. Starting PG Toney Douglas has been more consistent than Fields but has more experience in a bench role.
“A lot of things you have to think about,’’ D’Antoni said. “Different psyches. Are they better coming off the bench? At the end of the day, we’ll make a decision that’s good for the club.’’