By Brad Spencer
OPRF High School graduate Iman Shumpert's debut in the NBA was short-lived but not without fanfare as the former Huskie scored 11 points for his New York Knicks team against the Celtics in the league opener on Christmas day before spraining his right knee in the third quarter and having to be carried off the court.
Shumpert is expected to be out two-to-four weeks with a sprained MCL, but with what he showed while he was on the court Knick fans are eager for his return. The 6-foot-5 rookie made some dazzling moves, including an end-to-end fast-break for a layup and a spinning hook after recovering the rebound of his own jump shot.
Shumpert played a total of 22 minutes, made 5-of-5 shots at the free-throw line and hauled down four rebounds in front of a sellout crowd of 19,763 at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks ended up beating the Celtics 106-104.