Iman Shumpert is doing his best to cope with a rough situation. In an interview with The Post yesterday from Atlanta, Shumpert, selected No. 17th in the June 23 draft, said he has been working out every day at his alma mater, Georgia Tech, and has a solid sparring partner in former Yellow Jacket point guard Jarrett Jack.

"I'm just trying to stay positive, working on developing my game the best I can, play against the best competition I can," Shumpert told The Post. "And when the lockout is over, I'll be ready."

In early August, Shumpert said he is heading to Los Angeles, where a group of Knicks are planning to work out together. Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Landry Fields, Jared Jeffries and Chauncey Billups, among others, are planning on getting together there.

"The summer league was definitely something I was really looking forward to," Shumpert said. "But the timing of the lockout, you just try to work out and play against good competition."