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Iman Shumpert gets pulled, then comes through

Iman Shumpert looks on during a game against

Iman Shumpert looks on during a game against the Detroit Pistons at the O2 Arena. (Jan. 17, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty

Iman Shumpert must have gotten the message.

The second-year player Mike Woodson affectionately calls "Rook'' felt the wrath of the Knicks' coach early in the second half Friday night.

Woodson pulled Shumpert 1:01 into the third quarter because of lackadaisical play and then gave him one of his famous stares. But Shumpert later returned and helped the Knicks to their 96-86 victory over the Bucks at the Garden.

"When I pulled him, it didn't seem like he had much energy,'' Woodson said. "So I thought he needed to sit and think about it a little bit. When I brought him back in the fourth quarter, he was good. He was big. He stepped up and he made plays.''

Shumpert, who finished with seven points in 18:30, said: "Woody did a lot of talking today . . . A lot of yelling at me today. But he's just encouraging me to be aggressive.''


Wade has plans for Knicks

Dwyane Wade seems to have the Knicks on his mind a lot these days in his role as captain of the Eastern Conference squad for the NBA All-Star Game.

The Heat star told Miami-area reporters Friday that fellow Marquette alum Steve Novak will compete in the three-point contest. Wade also indicated that Knicks guard James White will participate in the slam-dunk competition and said he wants J.R. Smith in the dunk contest, too.

The Knicks and their players had no comment on Wade's wishes. The NBA prefers for these announcements to be made all at once by the league. The All-Star Game will be held Feb. 17 in Houston, with the skills competitions the night before.

This is the first time the league has named captains. Clippers guard Chris Paul is the West captain.

Wade said he tried to get LeBron James to participate in either the slam-dunk or three-point contest. James declined.

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