Despite the New York Knicks received positive news on Monday despite their 88-85 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at Madison Square Garden.
Mike Woodson said team doctors cleared him to increase Iman Shumpert’s playing time.
“We can get him up to 20 (minutes),” said Woodson. “We’ll gauge it as we go along. I’m going to try to play him in five-minute spurts. He’s growing a little bit.”
Shumpert was originally limited to 15 minutes of action when he made his season debut in London against the Pistons on Thursday.
“It’s still playing in spurts so I’m just hoping to come out warm and we’ll go from there,” Shumpert told RealGM.
As Shumpert looks to find his rhythm, Woodson offered some areas of improvement he hopes to see from the second-year guard this season.
“His jump shot has got to be better,” said Woodson. “He’s got to be a better playmaker. Those things will come in time. He’s going to need minutes and court time to do that and practice time to become that complete player. He’s got a lot of skills and talent.”