Ex-Jacket is hurt in Knicks debut
New York Knicks rookie guard Iman Shumpert is expected to miss two to four weeks after suffering a sprained MCL in his right knee.
The first-round pick from Georgia Tech was hurt in the second half of New York’s 106-104 victory over Boston on Sunday when Celtics reserve Chris Wilcox appeared to bang into his leg.
“I don’t know anything now, but I will know more (Monday). I just have to be tough mentally,” Shumpert said.
Shumpert scored 11 points on 3 of 13 shooting in 22 minutes in his debut.
With Baron Davis unavailable for a while with a herniated disc in his back, Shumpert was expected to provide minutes at both guard spots.
Jared Jeffries also was added to the list of the Knicks’ walking wounded. The 6-11 forward injured his right calf in the second half and is expected to miss one to two weeks.
The Knicks’ injury situation is going to force coach Mike D’Antoni to dig deep into his bench.
• Lamar Odom was ejected from his first game with the Dallas Mavericks.
Given a standing ovation when he entered during the first quarter Sunday, Odom still had fans cheering him when he walked off shaking his head midway through the third.
Odom was called for charging and didn’t like the foul. Whatever he said about it was bad enough to draw a pair of technicals and an automatic ejection.
Odom, the NBA’s reigning Sixth Man of the Year, was acquired from the Lakers on Dec. 11 for merely a trade exception.
He had four points and four rebounds in 13 minutes. The forward made his first shot, a 3-pointer, and missed his next five in the loss to Miami.
• Boston forward Paul Pierce missed the NBA season opener at New York because of a bruised right heel, and the Celtics hope he can return Tuesday when they visit Miami.
Sasha Pavlovic started at forward for the Celtics on Sunday. Coach Doc Rivers says Pierce did little during a light practice Saturday, making it an easy decision to sideline the All-Star.
Rivers says he might bring Pierce off the bench when he can play, since he has had only one practice so far.
California teen breaks record
A California teenager became the youngest person to successfully climb to the summit of the seven tallest mountains on Earth’s seven continents, according to his Web site.
Jordan Romero, 15, called his mother Leigh Ann Drake on Saturday to confirm that he’d achieved his goal of reaching the top of Mt. Vinson Massif in Antarctica.
The Big Bear, Calif. native beat the record previously held by British climber George Atkinson, who completed the ascents at age 16 in May.
Romero’s team began the climb Wednesday. Romero’s Facebook page, “Find Your Everest,” marked reaching the summit, but the climb is hardly over.
“It’s in the books. The kid and team summit with all fingers and toes. Descent still to come then we celebrate,” a post to the Facebook page read.
Romero completed the climbs with his father and stepmother.
“It’s my dream we are following to the highest points on every continent,” Jordan says on his blog. “I know it’s a big goal and lucky for me my family is supporting me every step of the way.”
At age 10, Romero climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, and at age 13 he climbed the world’s highest mountain, at 29,035 feet, Mt. Everest in Asia.