GREENBURGH, N.Y. –- Iman Shumpert is trying to smile and be more positive this season.
The Knicks guard said he is trying to foster a better, more positive energy.
“It is hard,” Shumpert said. “Because I want to play so hard and I want to win so bad, sometimes I get caught up [if] we lose a couple of games and I get caught up in that bad energy. Those things easily affect me.”
Shumpert “But this year I’m going to try and push myself to be positive,” he continued. “Be positive, be positive and keep bringing that energy each and every day, don’t let anything bother me.”
Shumpert is focusing on feeling better physically as well as mentally. Last season, he battled through some knee issues in the same knee on which he had surgery.
He said he is looking forward to being healthier this season and he wants to take a healthier mental approach as well.
“Just limiting distractions, being able to look yourself in the mirror and know you worked hard all summer and, you know I’m going to miss shots, I’m going to make plenty of mistakes,” Shumpert said. “It’s not going to be perfect. Some people are going to like me, some people won’t. It doesn’t really matter. Right now we just got to win games.”
Shumpert said one thing he has done is try to stay away from hearing or reading anything said about him.
“Can’t read anything,” Shumpert said. “Can’t let anything bad get inside. Keep feeding yourself with positivity.”
“I’m 24,” he added. “I’m playing basketball. It’s my dream job. So I’m a pretty happy camper. My Mom told me to smile so I’m just going to smile through it. My worst day I’m just going to try and smile.”
Andrea limited: Andrea Bargnani (hamstring) was limited in practice on Thursday.
Head coach Derek Fisher said he would like to get closer to potentially having his starting lineup and rotation down perhaps by next Wednesday’s preseason game against Washington. But Bargnani’s availability could alter those plans.
“I think Andrea’s getting closer and closer to feeling like we can have him back out there and not worry about it kind of lingering,” Fisher said. “So that could impact [the timetable for a rotation] a little bit, but hopefully by the middle of next week by the time we get to Wednesday’s game we can feel pretty good about having a solid rotation of guys that give our team the best chance to win to start the season.”