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Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni excited to have Iman Shumpert in full strength come playoffs

Mike D'Antoni, Iman Shumpert, Rockets

With the playoffs just around the corner, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is excited to have veteran Iman Shumpert back and healthy.

In an interview with Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, D’Antoni shared Shumpert’s health condition and how much of an asset he is to the team.

“He’s been getting more in shape,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “You know once he gets to the playoffs, he’s been there. He’s been in the Finals. He’s smart. And he’s tough. He plays with an edge we’ll need going forward. I think it’s a great pickup for us.”

In 2017, Iman Shumpert had surgery on his knee which sidelined him for six to eight weeks. In this time, he was traded to the Sacramento Kings where he was expected to take on a veteran/mentor role to the young players. A three-team trade sent him to the Rockets in on Feb. 7, 2019.

He struggled with his shot at first, shooting just 28.1 percent of his 3-pointers. But as soon as he regained strength on his knees and get past a calf injury, the 28-year-old became an asset on defense.

Indeed, as the Rockets enter another playoff campaign, Shumpert’s presence will be needed more than ever.