More ACL recovery reality
While Derrick Rose finally decided to share his thoughts this week, a progress report on another recovering NBA player is worth checking out.
The New York Times printed a story Tuesday titled, "The Knicks are waiting for Shumpert to be himself." It's about Iman Shumpert, the Oak Park native who suffered the same injury on the same day as Rose -- April 28, 2012.
Shumpert went down with a torn ACL in a playoff game against Miami. He returned to game action on Jan. 17 when the Knicks played in London. That's less than nine months after the injury occurred.
As it turns out, Shumpert is struggling to find his old form. He left college at Georgia Tech with phenomenal athleticism and quickly turned into a reliable NBA defender.
“I think right now, he’s reaching too much defensively,” Knicks coach Mike Woodson said in The Times. “He’s getting beat instead of moving his feet.
“That will come the more he plays and gets his confidence back and in being able to push off and move. It’ll come.”
Shumpert's progress is perfectly normal, and it helps illustrate Rose's patience with his recovery. Rose isn't planning to come back as a 20 minutes per game defensive specialist. It's going to take time before he's back to his old self.