Adam ZagoriaIman Shumpert sat out practice Friday with swelling in his right elbow but said he’ll be OK and could return in a couple of days.
“Just what they thought, a little bit of swelling but I’ll be alright,” Shumpert said Friday. “A couple of days.”
Shumpert became entangled with Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal during the first quarter of the Knicks’ 98-89 win Thursday night in Baltimore and left the game. Shumpert, whose elbow was wrapped in ice, said no MRI or other test was needed.
“It looks worse than it is,” he said. “I just can’t get my arm through right now.”
He added: “It’s a day-by-day thing.”
Shumpert is involved in a competition with J.R. Smith for the starting shooting guard spot. Smith has yet to play as he recovers from knee surgery.
“I think I’ve been playing well,” Shumpert said. “There’s some things I need to work on….I’m not worried about anything going into the season. We’re just trying to win games.”
Shumpert was one of several Knicks who sat out Friday’s practice. Smith, Amar’e Stoudemire, Kenyon Martin, Metta World Peace, Tyson Chandler and Pablo Prigioni all watched practice when reporters were let into the gym.
Coach Mike Woodson said he expects Shumpert, Prigioni and World Peace to be ready by Monday, when the Knicks visit Toronto.
Woodson said Stoudemire, Smith and Martin would all go on the road trip and continue to “treat them and condition them while we’re out on the road.”
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.