Shumpert feels Rondo's pain

As soon as Iman Shumpert heard about Rajon Rondo's ACL tear, he reached for his left knee and rubbed it.

Shumpert, who recently returned from a torn left ACL, feels Rondo's pain.

"I just feel bad for him. I just feel real bad for him," the Knicks' second-year guard said. "I don’t know. I just grab mine every time I hear about it. When (Hawks guard) Lou (Williams) tore his, ah, I know the feeling."

Rondo's ACL tear, announced by the Celtics on Sunday, changes the complexion of the race in the Atlantic Division. But the Knicks didn't want to talk about the implications of the injury on the division race on Sunday.

They just expressed sympathy and concern for Rondo.

"I don't know what's going on with our players but we've had more ACL injuries in the last year and a half than I can ever remember," Mike Woodson said in reference to Chicago's Derrick Rose, Shumpert and Atlanta's Lou Williams. "I don't wish that injury on anybody. If anybody can bounce back, Rondo will."

Shumpert, who missed eight months after tearing his right ACL in Game 1 of the Knicks' first-round series against Miami, didn't have any specific advice for Rondo, who is on the brink of a grueling rehab.

"It’s tough. There ain’t really no way around it," said Shumpert, who returned to the floor on Jan. 17. "You’ve just got to work every day. But he’s going to do that though -- it’s Rondo."