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Report: Phil Jackson continues to belive in Iman Shumpert

Mar 26, 2014, 8:47 PM EDT

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Iman Shumpert has regressed a bit this season with the Knicks, struggling to stay healthy as a productive member of the lineup while taking plenty of criticism from head coach Mike Woodson in the early part of the season at the same time.

Shumpert returned to the New York lineup in the team’s embarrassing loss in Los Angeles on Tuesday, after missing the team’s previous crushing defeat against the Cavs due to illness.

He was scoreless in L.A in 19 minutes., but that didn’t do anything to change the opinion of the Knicks’ new president of basketball operations moving forward.

From Marc Berman of the New York Post:

“He’s a big part of what we do,’’ Woodson said before the game. “What he brings to the table from a defensive standpoint. We could’ve used him the other night for sure.”

Though Shumpert still is not nailing his jumper consistently, he had been thriving in his new role off the bench with J.R. Smith now starting. The Post reported last month Shumpert didn’t savor his role as small forward in the smallball starting lineup.

According to a source, Knicks president Phil Jackson likes Shumpert because he’s defensive-minded and selfless.

The Knicks have some pieces, but it’s going to take a vision from the front office and a head coach who is on that same page to be able to put it all together.

Shumpert has struggled this season in part due to his lack of a defined role. Jackson obviously believes in Shumpert’s ability, so he’ll almost certainly be back next season — when Jackson has asserted his influence, almost assuredly while playing for a new head coach.

 

  1. doncorleone17 - Mar 26, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Yooo Shumpert is nice I know his stat line ain’t the best but he’s a great defender. He has a lot of potential to be great player in the NBA I hope the Knicks don’t get rid of him

  2. kb2408 - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    “Potential has a shelf life.”
    Kareem Abdul Jabbar

  3. sellahh - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    He sucks, he was supposed to be DWade lite according to some New Yorkers, now Timmy is the new shiny thing and he’s gonna be Ray Allen or Allan Houston until they get some new random youngster who plays 2 good games off the bench.
    Shump is mentally weak and lacks a hell of a lot of fundamentals to be mentioned as mearly a decent offensive player.

    • sellahh - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      Also, did I mention the sole reason for him being called a great perimeter defender is his activity and his great hands? Just because you can hound the offensive player full court and get a steal 2 times out of 10 doesn’t mean you’re a great defensive player. In a local gym, in a REC league, damn yeah. Here, it;s going to leave your team scrambling on defense and 5 out of 10 times opposing team is going to score.
      Good D doesn’t look flashy which is what Shump is all about.

      • nykfanwakemeupin2015 - Mar 26, 2014 at 10:58 PM

        I agree shump looks for the three or the put back dunk but the kid did show flashes his first season. Hardaway is a talented offensive player but I am not sure he can defend in the NBA. he is terrible on defense.

  4. ws0001 - Mar 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    The perception of Iman Shumpert has always far exceeded the actual Iman Shumpert. He is not a point guard, a mediocre (to put it kindly) shooter, and is far from an accomplished defender. There is no harm in keeping him for another year on his rookie deal, but please don’t extend him.

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