New York Knick and Oak Park native Iman Shumpert was cleared by Knicks’ team doctors this morning to participate in full contact practice.
Shumpert tweeted the next step in his rehabilitation process this morning.
Shumpert tore his left ACL on April 28, in the Knicks first game of their first round series against the Miami Heat; the same day that Derrick Rose suffered the same injury to the same knee. Shumpert had surgery 10 days before Rose did on May 2, as Rose went through pre-habilitation to strengthen and stabilize his knee and research has been proven that pre-habilitation contributes to better outcomes for surgery.
Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman told reporters on Monday that clearing Rose for full contact in practice is the next step in the 24-year-old’s progression. That clearance could come soon in the near future as Rose has already begun taking ‘predictable contact,’ –which includes knowing what contact is coming – and has also played some one-on-one.
Once cleared by team doctors to begin contact in practice, Rose will have to go through a series of practices with no setbacks to be cleared to play.