Mike Woodson: ‘Iman’s gonna be right here with me.’


Mike Woodson: ‘Iman’s gonna be right here with me.’


via Zags Blog:

Contrary to most trade rumors going around, Mike Woodson is confident that Iman Shumpert will remain in New York. Yahoo! Sports reported that the Phoenix Suns are reportedly making a run for Shumpert in an effort to shuffle their roster for the future. As you can see if it were up to Woodson, he wouldn’t be going anywhere.

NEW YORK — Knicks coach Mike Woodson says he has addressed the trade rumors with Iman Shumpert and the second-year guard isn’t going anywhere.

“That’s kind of out of my hands,” Woodson said before the Knicks faced the Clippers at MSG. “If owners came to me and said we have to do a deal, you do the deal. But I sat [Shumpert] down and I told him. He knows how I feel about him.”

Woodson said his daugthers, Alexis and Mariah, were concerned about reports that Shumpert had been discussed in a potential deal to the Phoenix Suns forJared Dudley.

“My daughter jumped me last night about that trade rumor,” Woodson said. “She called me and said, ‘Daddy, you’re not trading him’ because they all went to Georgia Tech together. Man, I’m like, ‘Iman’s gonna be right here with me.’”

Shumpert is coming off a rough game in Minnesota Friday in which he played just 12 minutes and went scoreless.

Still, Woodson said he had faith in Shumpert, who is still working his way back from ACL surgery and will start the game guarding Chris Paul.

“Iman’s a big part of what we do and he’s been kind of on a little roller-coaster ride, but my job is to show him some love and show him that he’s a big part of what we do and eventually he’ll get there,” Woodson said. “I got a lot of faith in Iman.”

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