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Iman Shumpert vents at Carmelo Anthony on bench, takes step toward door

Dec 2, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

As bad as things are (they have lost 9 straight), the New York Knicks are still Carmelo Anthony’s team — and the franchise will pretty much sell their firstborn to keep ‘Melo happy and re-sign him this summer.

So if you get in an argument with Anthony… well, that’s a step toward the door.

Iman Shumpertwho was already being shopped around by the Knicks — vented at Anthony on the bench during the team’s Sunday loss to the Pelicans. Shumpert then was benched for the fourth quarter (video above courtesy SLAM). Rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. got the minutes and put up 21 points on the night.

As the New York Post reports, everyone tried to play the incident down after the game, with Shumpert just calling it “a miscommunication” on defense.

“Of course I wanted to play,’’ Shumpert said. “Tim was making shots. J.R. [Smith] had it rolling. We were just trying to get a win….’’

Anthony declined to talk about Shumpert, who has been on the trading block since the middle of last month.

This plus Hardaway’s play is just greasing Shumpert’s path out the door, the Knicks are just looking for a deal they like. Which could take a while as teams are not offering near what the Knicks think is fair right now.

As for the play in question, the Knicks have switched a lot of pick-and-rolls lately and Anthony seems to do that here but both he and Shumpert both go with the ball, there are no rotations and the end result is an open three. This is really a team thing — either the Knicks need to be clearer about switches and rotate better or not switch so much. Right now they are getting killed trying to switch.

  1. blackhercules718 - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Yes show Shump the door for him and Melo being the 1st teammates in the history of team sports to have a heated discussion on the bench during a timeout……yawn….nothing to see here folks…

  2. zickhead - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    I don’t think anyone is going to want to play with Melo soon. They still had a chance in that game, they didn’t have to start jacking up 3’s right away there was a good amount of time left and I think they still had a timeout. But, of course if the balls gets to Melo then theres no plan or passing.

  3. zaza1975 - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    Shumpert is a great kid . Anthony isn’t LeBron James . His service in knicks should be as in team USA . Don’t shoot our ball to much because you miss a lot and we aren’t winning . Big super star you involve your team if you see you still down you take care the business that is what Paul George did in Knicks with his team Pacers . Like LeBron , Christ Paul , Steven Curry etc . Please leave the young kids allow we saw the case of Jeremy Lin . In last year playoff we hear the comment of our center Chandler and recently Soudemire someone holds the ball to much with the coach complicity scaring to be fired . We want our team to have name not an individual .How long Melo is in the league saying we miss our veterans . Who you are for shumpert and Tim etc ?
    Say it you can’t make them better with your selfish playing
    Pease trade Felton , Jr Smith and Melo today slogan

  4. 00maltliquor - Dec 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

    Shump had EVERY reason to be mad as hell and call Carmelo out, looking at that play. Melo should have stayed with his man but for some reason got lazy and didn’t want to follow Anderson and covered Shump’s man when he went right of a weak pick forcing Shump to have to run and attempt to get a hand in the face of a 6”10 sharpshooter. Melo needs to be held accountable. I swear on everything I do NOT want to go after Melo in free agency.

    • spursareold - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      Carmelo Anthony is not a franchise player.

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:45 PM

        No, I can admit he is a franchise player, but he’s not a winning franchise’s main piece.

      • jimeejohnson - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:21 PM

        Betcha he has knocked down a few malt liquors on the streets of NYC. Nobody’s all bad!

    • sportsfan18 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      And “…for some reason got lazy and didn’t want to follow…”

      Uh, Melo has never been confused with playing defense. Come on Shump, it was silly of you to expect the Great Melo to cover someone.

      I especially love to see Melo stand with his hands in the air and whine for a foul call that he didn’t get when he drives to the hoop… except that the other 9 players on the court and the refs are all headed down to the other side of the court…

      The pained look on his face is priceless.

      • pglive21 - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Melo is getting as bad as D-Wade when he complains about not getting foul calls.

  5. 950003cups - Dec 2, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    May I be the one who says it first? Woodson has danced to that tune far too long. He keeps giving Melo the ball with the game on the line. He ALWAYS CHOKES. Let that overpaid wannabe star go mess up some other teams cap. Let’s get guys who don’t cower in the face of pressure at the end of a game.

  6. knightrider1755 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Shump already knows he’s headed for the door so he’s getting his shots in before he goes. A better strategy would be to lay low until he’s traded to another team and then whenever his new team faces the Knicks he should torch them to no end.

  7. brotherlove2012 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    The only chance Melo has of winning anything is to do like Bosh and ride someone else’s coattail. He can’t do it by himself, ther’s no shame in that, not a lot of people can.

    • cruzan80 - Dec 2, 2013 at 6:01 PM

      Nobody can…..atlthough he gets killed like its actually possible.

    • leahcima1 - Dec 2, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      Yes sir brotherlove you know your basketball. That Bosh sure sucks. Last night in Miami the Heat down 14 points with a few minutes to go in the game and somebody pops in 13 straight points, a two point bucket, two freebies and three straight three pointers from the top of the key. I’m not going too fast for you am I brother. Who was that guy? Shoot, looks like the guy riding coattails to two straight championships. He plays basketball. The Champs thinks he’s pretty good. You ever seen a basketball game brother. No. Well next time you get your butt out of the freezing north land come on down to warm sunny Miami and we’ll run a clinic for you on How to Win Championships While Riding a Coattail. LMAO brother loser.

  8. zackd2 - Dec 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    No one can win alone.

    Kobe had Shaq then Pau.
    Wade had Shaq then Lebron and Bosh.
    Lebron had Wade and Bosh.
    Duncan had Parker and Ginobili.
    KG, Pierce and Ray won together.

    Detroit didn’t have a superstar but had a great team.
    Dirk won without a #2 but with a great team around him.

    Who’s won by themselves in the last 20 years? Even Jordan had Pippin & Co. on the Bulls.

    But no, Melo sucks.

    • cruzan80 - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:40 AM


    • logicalcomment - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

      VERY well said

  9. azarkhan - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    Getting traded by a 3-13 team with zero prospects for success is a good thing, right?

    • jimeejohnson - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:19 PM


  10. zaza1975 - Dec 2, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    All world champion have their franchise player they draft and never moved . Kobe in Lakers , Paul Pierce in Celt in , Wade in Heat , Dirk in Dallas . We have 2 strong kids who can be the future of our franchise . We had made few mistakes with David Lee , Chandler With Denver and Galanary.
    Please don’t trade our franchise player .
    If possible Smith and Felton aren’t the championship caliber team with Melo with all my respect . The Knicks problem is the coaching , the point guard who can defend the opposing point guard and make the right play
    Jr Smith who isn’t constant to be trusted
    Melo who want make name for himself player of the month , best scorer .
    Like the Cleveland team with LeBron James , Mo William
    Same situation my Knicks is in
    Melo= LeBron in Cleveland
    Smith= Mo William in Cleveland
    If Melo want to win not to look like James in Cleveland but LeBron Ln MIami

    • patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:49 PM

      paul pierce is in brooklyn…

  11. caeser12 - Dec 2, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Anyone else notice how Mike Woodson, and the rest of his “coaches” didn’t say one word, or even acknowledge what was being said?

    Thanks Dolan, ruining the Knicks, and the Billion Dollar Comedy Club, formerly known as Madison Square Garden, since 1994.

  12. jda247 - Dec 2, 2013 at 7:58 PM

    Bulls Please make a move and get Shump!

  13. timberwolvesbrisin - Dec 3, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    Knicks shoulda kep gallo, chandler, and mozgof. Anthony sucks. Anyone can score if they get that many shots.

  14. cruzan80 - Dec 3, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    This garbage about “he can’t make his teammates better” is just that….garbage. EVERY single great player who has won a championship had at least one other prolific in the lineup with him…this is fact…not opinion. Melo/Knick haters will ignore that fact however for as long as they can. Arguably the greatest player to ever play the game didn’t make Pippen “better”. Pippen & co. won 55 games one season & 47 the next WITHOUT Jordan. Pippen was a beast…period. Add a beast with another beast and you get your best shot at a ring. It’s a formula we’ve seen over & over & over again….yet we kill Melo as if he’s supposed to reinvent the wheel & win the chip with J.R. Smith & Raymond Felton as his co-stars….C’mon man. The last time saw a player even get to the Finals with the kinda talent the Knicks have surrounded Melo with was LeBron’s Cavs. A Spurs sweep, couple of early playoff exits, a show called “The Decision” later & we got parades in Miami every summer.

    My point is the KNICKS….not Melo….SUCK. Just like just like Celtics sucked before Garnett AND Allen showed up, just like the Lakers sucked before Gasol showed up, just like the Heat sucked before James AND Bosh showed up.

    • garyostrowski - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      You don’t know jacks— about basketball. melo will never win a title. He might win a 1 on 1 game, but he is not a team player, he is too stupid and too ignorant to learn or be coached. As for you, any idiot who backs melo shows there level of intelligence. Either way, YOU BOTH SUCK !!!!!!!!!!

  15. themagicfanguy - Dec 3, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    That’s a fact huh? Guess you weren’t watching when Dirk won one without another “prolific” on the team, so much for your facts.

  16. garyostrowski - Dec 4, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    carmelo is beyond overrated, he shows up after every summer with that fat face, he will NOT listen to any coach, he is too stupid to learn. Yes the guy can score but he is too stupid to grasp that it is a team game. I am so sick and tires of this guy and what he stands for.

  17. patsfan92 - Dec 4, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    lol the only guy that plays defense besides chandler is the one in trade talks. The Knicks deserve to lose

  18. brotherlove2012 - Dec 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    @leahcima1 Never said he wasn’t good, just said he needed better players around him. BTW trolling me doesn’t work … You’re just a keyboard warrior, and not even a good one … Lol

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