Shumpert to start, play 15 minutes

LONDON -- As expected, shooting guard Iman Shumpert will start alongside Jason Kidd in the New York Knicks' backcourt Thursday against the Detroit Pistons.

After talking with team doctors, coach Mike Woodson plans to limit Shumpert's involvement in London to around 15 minutes.

Before the ACL injury which ended his rookie season last spring, Shumpert was averaging 28.9 minutes per game.

EUROPEAN EXPANSION: After going through the buildup to this game, Woodson is buying into commissioner David Stern's idea of having a franchise in Europe within 20 years.

"Anytime you get an opportunity to have an NBA game like you have tonight, that gives the English fans an opportunity to see basketball at a high level, that's important for the growth of basketball," Woodson said.

WALLACE STILL TRYING: Rasheed Wallace was on the court before the game at the 02 Arena, working out despite his sore left foot. The veteran remains insistent he will play again this season.

SELLOUT: The Knicks-Pistons game -- the third regular-season contest in Europe -- is a sellout, league officials confirmed. The official attendance set to be around 18,000.

Former Knicks guard John Starks and ex-Pistons center Bill Laimbeer are among the former players set to be paraded to the crowd, along with John Amaechi, who was raised in England and was briefly under contract with the Knicks at the end of his NBA career.