Shumpert makes positive first impression
NEWARK -- Iman Shumpert made quite an impression in his professional debut Saturday.
"I thought Shumpert played well," D'Antoni said. "He can get a shot any time he wants to. He shoots the ball pretty well. He can definitely defend. He's athletic, he's long. There's a lot of good stuff. Again, this is just one baby step and he's got to do it a lot, but you can tell that the kid can play."
With no rookie camp and a shortened preseason because of the lockout, the 6-5, 220- pound Shumpert had to work out on his own after leaving Georgia Tech. But he got to play with some NBA vets in exhibitions and said that helped him to acclimate faster once things got settled.
"Playing in a lot of those lockout games helped me," he said. "A lot were older guys that were trying to stay in shape. So I wasn't playing in lockout games with a lot of rookies, I was playing with a lot of veterans. When you play with a lot of veterans, you've got to pick things up fast. I think my transition was a little different than most rookies. It definitely helped."
The Knicks also got good minutes from second-rounder Josh Harrellson, the 6-10 forward from Kentucky the Knicks obtained from New Orleans. Harrellson had seven points (including a three-pointer) and three rebounds in 20:37.
On the down side, Landry Fields shot 2-for-12 and Amar'e Stoudemire 3-for-11.
"Guys are still a little bit rusty out there, including myself," Stoudemire said. "We should be ready by Christmas, for sure."
Shawne Williams out. Shawne Williams, the former Knick who signed with the Nets, missed the game because of flu-like symptoms. He is one of four players named Williams on the Nets' roster, joining Deron, Shelden and Jordan.