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It’s official: Shumpert out, Utah’s Evans in for Dunk Contest

Feb 22, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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UPDATE 12:31 pm: The league has announced this as official — Iman Shumpert has pulled out of the All-Star Weekend dunk contest and Jeremy Evans is in.

While Knicks fans are going to be bummed, the contest itself is not going to suffer — Evans is a great dunker. This should be fun (you can watch it Saturday night on TNT). The other contestants are Chase Budinger, Derrick Williams and Paul George. Not a big-name lineup, but some guys who can throw it down. So we’ll see.

10:40 am: Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert had been playing through knee pain for a couple weeks, but with the arrival of J.R. Smith and Baron Davis finally getting healthy, Shumpert was scratched Monday, is not expected to play Wednesday. He will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.

But what about the All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest? Shumpert is scheduled to be one of the contestants.

Nothing is official, but there are rumors swirling Shumpert will pull out and the Jazz’s Jeremy Evans will replace him.

If you haven’t seen Evans — which is possible, he’s only been in 16 games for Utah and is averaging 5.6 minutes per contest — he is a human pogo stick who can leap out of the building. Honestly, I didn’t know much about him until I saw him at the Impact Series of workouts/games this past summer in Las Vegas, and in that free-flowing setting his athleticism caught your eye.

Evans was a snub — there had been a campaign for him from Utah, so if Shumpert has to be out this is the right call.

  1. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Damn, no Jeremy Lin… what a shame….

  2. rob0527 - Feb 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    He should step aside. Let the injury heal, so the Knicks could make a 2nd half run.

  3. cmonkurt - Feb 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    C’mon Kurt!
    “UPDATE 12:31 pm: The league has announced this as official — Iman Shumpert has pulled out of the All-Star Weekend dunk contest and Jeremy Lin is in.”

    Get Lin off the brain.

    • Kurt Helin - Feb 22, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      That was fixed. My bad.

  4. max20characters - Feb 22, 2012 at 1:53 PM

    Exactly what I wanted to happen! #Sike. As bad as it was before, the best dunker pulls out… Nba is such a joke

  5. jmclarkent - Feb 22, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    I think Evans may surprise for two reasons:

    1. The kid can fly.
    2. He gets no PT, so he has nothing better to do than work on his dunk package.

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