Iman Shumpert called the Knicks season a failure at his exit interview on Monday.
"I think we failed," he said. "We failed to do what we were supposed to do. We know we were supposed to go farther and we didn't. So it's a fail." It's refreshing to hear Shumpert's honest assessment of the team, and his play was one of the few bright spots for the Knicks down the stretch as the team struggled against the Pacers. "Just we've got to hold each other accountable, come next year," Shumpert added. "Little things like not playing hard should never come into play."
Carmelo Anthony confirmed that his left shoulder will be re-examined this week.
Team doctors told Melo that the shoulder is "stable" but it's been bothering him since April 15th and he wisely wants to rule out any structural damage. "It got to the point where you just try not to think about [the pain]," said Melo. Without any Team USA commitments this summer, he should be rested and healthy for training camp.
Marcus Camby has been "healthy for a while now" and he intends to honor his contract for the 2013-14 season, according to his agent.
It was reported in mid-May that Camby was still suffering from plantar fasciitis, so we're not taking his agent's quotes as the inviolable truth. The veteran center appeared in just 24 games this season and he vanished from the Knicks' rotation during the postseason. He won't be a fantasy option in standard leagues no matter where he's playing next year.
Chris Copeland "really wants to return" with the Knicks, according to his agent, though New York's lack of salary-cap space is complicating the picture.
New York is fully expected to give Copeland a qualifying offer, thus making him a restricted free agent. Things get trickier from there. Copeland's agent thinks his client should earn "in the $3.5 to $5 million range," but the Knicks only have a $1.9 million bi-annual exception and a $3 million mini-mid-level exception.
Steve Novak admitted to being frustrated by not receiving playing time in the second round.
"It was frustrating for me," Novak said. "It's not what you want." Novak is under contract for three more years with the Knicks, but it's not clear what his role will be going into next season.
Iman Shumpert said the Knicks want him to play in summer league.
Shumpert has never played in summer league so this could be his first opportunity to do so. After showing what he's capable of at both ends of the floor in the postseason, we wouldn't expect Shumpert's minutes at summer league to be extensive if he does wind up playing.
Tyson Chandler admitted at his exit interview on Monday that he was not fully healthy after dealing with strep throat in addition to his neck injury during the playoffs.
Chandler battled a neck issue toward the end of the regular season and he never really healed to the point where he was at full strength. Additionally, Chandler's strep throat caused him to lose weight, and he said that impacted him more than the neck issue. "I wasn't where I wanted to be (physically)," he said. "Tried to give the team everything I had." Chandler fouled out of the Game 6 loss with two points and six rebounds, and he was a complete no-show against Roy Hibbert in the second round.