1-on-1 with Landry Fields


Jonah Ballow
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Last Thursday, Carmelo Anthony and Toney Douglas opened the doors to Madison Square Garden Training Center in their first workouts since the tentative agreement was reached. Anthony and Douglas expressed their excitement to finally return to the gym with a focus on training camp and the 2011-12 season.

On Monday, the veterans received some practice partners as two rookies and two second-year Knicks made their debut at the Training Center. Landry Fields, Andy Rautins, Iman Shumpert, and Josh Harrellson hit the hardwood as the team continues to reassemble heading towards the start of training camp in four days.

Fields explained his offseason approach, “I feel a lot better this year. I wanted to come in a lot stronger because I know the grind of the season will eventually start to wear you down a little bit, so if I have that preparation this season, it will be a lot better.”

The second-year guard had his first opportunity to share the court with Knicks newcomer and 6-foot-6 backcourt mate, Shumpert. In contrast to Fields, the rookie will have to pick up the offensive and defensive schemes at a rapid pace with a short training camp just around the corner.

“I think just catching things on the fly, I think I’m pretty good at learning things fast, picking things up and trying to get in the mix should be easy,” Shumpert explained. “You know, the biggest thing is keeping my body healthy through everything and everything after that will come.”

As detailed in this article on NYKnicks.com, Shumpert offers a tremendous skill set on the defensive side of the floor. In his few minutes with the media on Monday, Shumpert wasted no time bringing up the operative word that will please the Knicks coaching staff: defense.

“I think me being diverse -- I can play multiple positions is one my biggest strengths. Of course, athletically that is going to help you but I think my biggest strength is being able to guard a bunch of different positions and being able to play two positions,” Shumpert stated.
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