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This has been the most "frustrating" season of Iman Shumpert's young career.
The third-year forward said as much on Saturday when he tweeted that this season has been "more frustrating" than his eight-month rehabilitation from a torn ACL.
— Iman Shumpert I (@I_Am_Iman) February 22, 2014
Shumpert, a former first-round pick, has dealt with plenty this season.
He's name had been mentioned in trade rumors for much of the year. The New York Knicks were close to executing a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers that would have sent Shumpert to L.A. but Doc Rivers & Co. pulled away minutes before the trade deadline.
Shumpert also suffered an MCL sprain last week that will sideline him for at least two weeks. The injury occurred on the same knee that was surgically-repaired in May 2012 due to an ACL tear.
Last, Shumpert has struggled to score with much consistency this season. He's averaging 6.9 points and shooting 37.7 percent from the field. Four times this season, he's played at least 20 minutes in a game and failed to score a point.
Woody says NYK misses vets: There are plenty of factors behind the Knicks' disaster of a season. One, according to Mike Woodson, is a lack of veteran leadership in the locker room.
Woodson said on Friday that the Knicks miss players like Jason Kidd, Marcus Camby, Rasheed Wallace and Kurt Thomas because of what they brought to a team off the court.
"You miss the veterans, there's no doubt about that," Woodson said in an interview on ESPN New York 98.7 FM's "The Stephen A. Smith and Ryan Ruocco Show." "When you're taking about Rasheed and Kidd and Camby and Kurt Thomas; those are four guys that have been in the league that could tell somebody to shut up if things weren't right. They were just veteran guys and you miss that in the locker room, you miss it on the floor. But again, they're not here and we've got to throw last year out the door."
The Knicks traded Camby to Toronto over the summer in the Andrea Bargnani deal after his relatively ineffective year in New York. Kidd retired and joined the Nets as head coach. Thomas was not re-signed last summer after being waived late in the regular season following a foot injury. Wallace retired and took a job as an assistant coach with the Pistons.
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