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Remembering when Shumpert was part Doberman, part kitten

Mar 12, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

Iman Shumpert,  Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard,  J.J. Redick AP

Heading into the Bulls game against the Knicks Monday night — good luck New York getting your struggling offense going against the Bulls defense — J.J. Stankevitz at had a little fun digging through the past of Iman Shumpert.

Shumpert comes out of Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, and so Stankevitz went and talked to his old high school coach.

Shumpert came up to the varsity team at Oak Park-River Forest High School as a freshman point guard — then grew more than six inches before his sophomore season. That’s a tough adjustment physically.

“You know those Dobermans, those big dogs that have the huge feet and big paws and big ears, but they’re so clumsy they can’t even hardly walk across the street?” Allen asked rhetorically. “He was starting to get that way.”

Shumpert also out-grew his muscles, to the point where Allen said he was “weak as a kitten.”

Shumpert eventually grew into his body and has grown into becoming a productive NBA player who is athletic and can defend well. Go read the whole story, it’s interesting.

But every time I see Shumpert from now on, I’m thinking Dobermans and kittens.

  1. sasquash20 - Mar 12, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    He is also very stupid with the ball. He has a up side but has to stop chucking long shots without letting something develop.

    • jolink653 - Mar 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      yea try telling that to the entire knicks roster…they don’t seem to get it

  2. Lukehart80 - Mar 12, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    I went to OPRF and now teach at Iman’s grade school. The kids get a HUGE kick knowing that someone who shot around on the same baskets they do is playing in the NBA now. I wish him all the best, representing our hometown!

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