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Iman Shumpert scheduled to make debut Thursday in London

Iman Shumpert of the Knicks looks on from

Iman Shumpert of the Knicks looks on from the bench before the start of a game against the New Orleans Hornets. (Jan. 13, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

Mike Woodson made it sound as if Big Ben and the London Bridge are not among the things he wants to see after the Knicks fly to England Monday night to play the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

What he really wants to see is Iman Shumpert on the court for the game.

"Just to have him back in uniform will be nice," Woodson said Sunday of the second-year guard, who has been cleared to play after left knee surgery and, barring a setback, will make his season debut Thursday. "I'm sure he's going to be a little sore, the fact that he hasn't played in some time. Just want to get him through health-wise and just see where he is. A lot of that will be based on his minutes. He'll definitely be restricted when he first steps out on the floor."

Of the London trip, Woodson said: "I don't know if we're going to have a whole lot of time to sightsee. Players will have a little time to themselves, but I think the league has some things set up as well in terms of appearances and things of that nature."

Despite that, Amar'e Stoudemire said he plans to take in the sights with his new wife. Chris Copeland, who played in Belgium last year, said he hopes to visit that country during the Knicks' brief trip.

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Stoudemire has been cleared to play 25 to 30 minutes, Woodson said, although he was limited to 23:02 Sunday because of foul trouble. Stoudemire scored 12 points . . . Pablo Prigioni (eight points, five assists in 29:29) gave Woodson the quality minutes he has been looking for while backing up Jason Kidd and helped ignite the Knicks in the second quarter. Woodson said he wants to curtail Kidd's minutes, but "it depends on how Pablo's playing, too."

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