Shumpert cleared for full-contact practice

January, 8, 2013
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Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, who underwent knee surgery in the offseason, has been cleared for full-contact practice by the team's medical staff, according to his official Twitter account.

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Bruce Bennett/Getty ImagesIman Shumpert was at the center of the Knicks' pregame huddle on Monday night.
"Cleared for full contact by the team Doctors! Let the countdown begin!!! I live for games like last night. See you soon Boston," Shumpert wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday morning, a day after the Knicks lost a physical game to the Atlantic Division rival Celtics.

Shumpert went through an extensive workout before Monday's game while a team physician looked on. He looked sharp and explosive in the workout and apparently showed the medical staff that he's ready to take contact.

Mike Woodson said on Monday that if Shumpert were cleared, he'd be available to practice on Tuesday.

Shumpert had resumed non-contact workouts earlier this month. It is unclear when he will be able to return to the court for the Knicks (23-11), but both he and the team have taken a cautious approach to his rehab from ACL surgery.

Shumpert originally suffered a torn left ACL in Game 1 of the Knicks' first-round playoff series against Miami.

It will be interesting to see how Shumpert's return affects Woodson's rotation. Many believe Shumpert, once healthy, will be inserted into the starting lineup. That would force Woodson to potentially move Jason Kidd or Ronnie Brewer to the bench.

Ian Begley

ESPN New York Writer

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