Newsday's Al Iannazzone takes you inside the Knicks.
Mike Woodson planning a hard practice Wednesday to get Knicks, Iman Shumpert ready for Thursday against Pistons
LONDON - The Knicks arrived on London on Tuesday morning and then went off to do whatever they wanted to do.
Mike Woodson, who said he was groggy himself from flying through the night, gave his players the day off.
Woodson will spend some time with his family, but he’ll also watch film with his coaches and get ready for what he called “a camp-like practice tomorrow” at the O2 Arena here.
He’s doing that to make sure his players are sharp and start regaining the focus they had earlier in the season. But Woodson also is doing that for Iman Shumpert.
Woodson wants the second-year guard to go through a “full-blown” practice with 5-on-5 scrimmaging so he can test his surgically repaired left knee before he makes his season debut Thursday against the Pistons.
“We’ll evaluate him on Thursday at shootaround, see where he is mentally and physically,” Woodson said.
Woodson also didn’t rule out Shumpert starting. But that is going to depend on the doctors, how many minutes Shumpert can play and factors like that.
“That could be a possibility as well based on him loosening up," Woodson said. "If the doctors said that might be the way to go I wouldn’t be scared of putting him in the starting lineup. He’s been there before.”
All 15 players made the trip. But Raymond Felton (fractured right pinky), Rasheed Wallace (stress reaction left foot) and Marcus Camby (left plantar fascia) will not play.
Woodson had no new updates on Wallace or Felton. They’re both doing conditioning work and Wallace some shooting. But Woodson isn’t sure when either one will be back.