Knicks Journal reported earlier last week via Alan Hahn that Knicks captain Amar’e Stoudemire was already reaching out to many of his teammates in regard to organizing team workouts next month Los Angeles.
Of course, that still growing list of teammates STAT reached out to included Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert. That said, Shumpert has been getting a head start.
Shumpert has far from been properly welcomed into the NBA with the lockout going on. He is obviously not allowed to interact with the coaching staff nor use team facilities to work on his game. Furthermore, the NBA Summer League (where many of the Knicks’ younger talents were to participate). was cancelled, leaving Shumpert to fend for himself prior to his new captain’s organized workouts.
With the NBA lockout in full swing, however, college campuses have welcomed back their former players/students back to its own facilities with open arms. Shumpert has been working out at Georgia Tech, taking tips from fellow former Yellow Jacket and current NBA veteran point guard Jarret Jack.
According to Marc Berman, Jack has been in Shumpert’s ear and the two have been practicing together, doing a ton of shooting drills. The Knicks drafted Shumpert because of his versatile defensive ability, with the consistency of his offense being a question mark.
All that considered, Shumpert is now learning from Jack, a 45% shooter from the field in his career, so he is sure to benefit from the workouts. Jack played in a league-high 83 games this past season (he was traded mid-season) and finished up the season backing up All-Star guard (and rumored Knick to be in 2012) Chris Paul, averaging 8.9 points in just over 20 minutes per game.
Shumpert also took time during his summer to play in Dwight Howard’s charity basketball game last week in Atlanta.