Originally posted on Knicks Journal  |  Last updated 5/24/13
The Knicks' exit interviews earlier this week with both team officials and the media proved to be a time for reflecting upon what went right and what went wrong this past season.Obviously, the ultimate goal of bringing that oh so coveted NBA title back to the Big Apple once and for all wasn't accomplished, so the summer offseason will be a period during which the Knicks look to improve and players make adjustments in anticipation of another run.While pondering what'll be on his to-do list this summer, Iman Shumpert expressed an interest in playing for the Knicks during NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.Still just a young gun at 22 years of age (he'll be 23 by the time Summer League comes around), this would mark the first time Shumpert plays in the offseason session. The lockout prevented him from doing so in 2011, and an injury did him in last year.But is now the right time to do so? Is there truly a first time for everything? Is it necessary for Shumpert to have his Summer League-cherry popped?Coming off an ACL tear, the guard played in 45 games this season. Clearly needing time to rid himself of some evident rust, it took a while for Shumpert to truly begin coming into his own again. His minutes were monitored throughout the year, and it wasn't until the playoffs that he began to show that same confidence and explosiveness the Knicks have come to know him to have.On one hand, it may prove to be a good opportunity for Shumpert to get some extra burn. Even throughout the postseason, he too had his ups and downs and didn't look to be at 100% just yet.On the other hand, should the fact that he doesn't look fully up to speed just yet be a cause for concern? Is pushing him in the direction of Summer League the best idea?Of course, playing in Las Vegas appears to be Shumpert's idea, and the Knicks have not confirmed and/or commented on the situation just yet.Ever since displaying a certain confidence and garnering some NBA "All-Defensive Team"consideration in his rookie season, Shumpert has been highly regarded by both the team and its passionate fan base. He has all the potential in the world, and his ceiling appears to be limitless, but what has he truly proven thus far? He's on the right path, but there's room for improvement.Still, because of his passion, swagger, and his ability to connect with the Big Apple market, there are very high expectations for Shumpert. Desired as much more than simply a defensive stopper, there's even talk about the young gun soon emerging as a "star."Should a player (perhaps still a more physically delicate one) with such high hopes play in Summer League? If a desire to be around coaching is what's motivating Shumpert the most, it should also be noted that both head coach Mike Woodson and assistant coach Herb Williams toured across the country  last season to stay in contact and work out with a handful of the Knicks players.Perhaps letting them come to him is what should be recommended for Shump.
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