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Iman Shumpert relieved about the way his knee feels

Iman Shumpert of the Knicks goes to the

Iman Shumpert of the Knicks goes to the hoop against the Orlando Magic at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 6, 2013. Credit: Jim McIsaac

MIAMI -- Iman Shumpert has been running and jumping, and he's relieved he's able to do those things. He had feared the worst when he sprained his left MCL last week in New Orleans.

"I'll take it,'' said Shumpert, who tore his left ACL during the playoffs against the Heat in Miami in 2012. "I was just praying I wouldn't have to get another surgery, man. I'll take the sprain. They said my knee was strong enough to hold on to make it just a sprain and it wasn't anything bad. I'm happy.''

Shumpert said he's not sure when he'll return. He still has to do some cutting and eventually take some contact.

He got hurt Feb. 19, the night before the trade deadline. Shumpert was the centerpiece in trade talks with several teams, including the Clippers for Darren Collison, but the Knicks weren't able to do any deals.

Shumpert said he was more concerned about his knee than where he would be playing when he returned.

"Hell, yeah,'' he said. "As long as I'm healthy. I'm just glad I'm playing basketball without everybody asking me if I'm worried about being traded now.''

Knicks ink two

The Knicks signed guard Shannon Brown and forward Earl Clark to 10-day contracts Thursday. Both were available to play against the Heat.

By signing them Thursday, the Knicks will have Brown and Clark for a total of seven games before their contracts are up.

"Shannon's been around,'' Mike Woodson said. "He plays hard. That's why we put him in a Knick uniform. Clark is a young kid, trying to find his niche. He's kind of defensive- minded. He blocks shots and rebounds and he can make a shot as well.''

The Knicks had the open spots to fill after waiving Metta World Peace and Beno Udrih on Monday. The Grizzlies claimed Udrih off waivers.

K-Mart still shut down

Kenyon Martin (left ankle) remains in a walking boot, and when he'll be able to return is unclear. He has missed 11 consecutive games and 17 out of the last 19. Martin said he will be in the boot for at least another week.

"It's still in the doctors' hands,'' Woodson said. "Until he gets out of the boot, he isn't going to be able to do any kind of running or anything. I don't know how long that is going to be still.''


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