How Much Will the NY Knicks Miss Iman Shumpert to Begin 2012-13 Season?

September 28th, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »
Every otherwise typical news story tends to take on a catastrophic import when it happens to relate to the New York Knicks.

Blame the media, blame the city, blame whomever you'd like—the Knicks simply operate on a much larger scale than every other team in the NBA, even those with glitzy rosters in major markets.

In that vein, Iman Shumpert's torn ACL—an injury to a developing rotation player, but a rotation player nonetheless—somehow became a monster of a preseason item.

Shumpert's absence from the lineup hurts the Knicks, and considering the specifics of their positional deficit, that absence hurts quite a bit. But before things get out of control in regard to both assessments of Shumpert's game and measures of the Knicks league-wide importance, the specifics of New York's rotational situation deserve a bit of clarification.

What have the Knicks lost?

Shumpert was due for a clear role and regular minutes in the season to come. He assists in the orchestration of the offense. He creates shots through dribble penetration when he isn't hoisting ill-advised jumpers. And, of far greater importance: he ...

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