Iman Shumpert

Focused Shumpert ready for triangle

Guard Iman Shumpert, gaining confidence as his surgically repaired left leg gets stronger, is ready to embrace the triangle offense new coach Derek Fisher and president Phil Jackson are bringing to the Knicks  (ESPN, Aug. 26).

He’s also cut down on his time on social media to block out the aggravation of the trade rumors that dogged him this summer.

In praising the triangle,  Shumpert said he’ll be able to do more in that offense than in the one used by ex-Knicks coach Mike Woodson, which stressed isolation. Shumpert, entering his fourth season, had career-low averages of 6.7 points and 37.8 shooting last season.

“The way it’s set up, you can start three guards, it really doesn’t matter. Everybody’s going to get touches, everybody gets opportunities to cut,” Shumpert said. “It’s constant action going on. So I think that I’ll be able to capitalize on that and I’ll be able to use my athleticism a lot more than standing in the corner.

“I know this year in the offense I will have a lot more opportunities to cut and get to the basket. I just want to work on the strength of my leg. Been working on that and being able to pull up off one or two dribbles [and working] on corner [threes] and open threes.”

Shumpert  said he wants to be confident leaping off one leg, which he couldn’t do last season. He tore his left ACL his rookie year and sprained it last season.

“All I’ve been working on is getting that trust in my left leg to take off from farther and take off earlier and use it a lot more cutting and slashing to the basket,” Shumpert said. “Definitely trusting going off two legs than going off one leg last year. … This year I want to go off one leg just as much as I go off two.”

Trade rumors led to Shumpert’s social media retreat.

“I used to react to it,” Shumpert said. “That along with too many people telling you what you need to be doing. It caused me to step away from social media. I let my agency run it now and I tell them what to put and they update it for me and follow along with what is going on.”

“I can’t have people always having their opinions floating my way,” Shumpert said. “I am done with that. I don’t have the apps on my phone.”

 




177 comments
jax13
jax13

I am glad to hear shump is engaged and looking forward to upcoming season but to take shots at his role in the offense last year is ridiculous.

He is not a good offensive player to say anything. When he learns to hit a layup off the correct foot, dribble especially in transition, finish at the rim and finally, come with the same energy and effort every night.

The offense was bad last year but shump should be the last one complaining......

greekfreak
greekfreak

8.6 rebounds or whatever the exact # is per game is very good for a PF and great for a SF... People apparently didn't watch many games because Melo DID NOT play power forward all year. He played it off and on.. Look into it before always looking for something to complain about

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

My favorite rebounding quote.

When Scott Skiles was coaching the Bulls, he was asked how Eddy Curry could improve his rebounding. Skiles simply replied, "Jump!" and walked away.

brookdon
brookdon

@IraHeatBeat: Heat sign guard Shannon Brown.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

For those who don't know much about the game..rebounding the ball has a lot to do with where ur positioned on the floor.  Team defensive and offensive schemes helps when rebounding the ball..it puts guys in position to do so...for example...Doc rivers with the celtics didn't like to crash the offensive boards..so he can have guys back in order to stop the break.  Need proof?  Check Kevin garnetts dramatic drop off in rebounds per game from Minnesota 13  per....to boston at 8 per...schemes of defense and offense contribute to guys rebounding more then u think..little grass hoppers.  LOL.


brookdon
brookdon

@TheNBACentral: OFFICIAL: Kevin Durant has signed a 10 year, $285M deal with Under-Armour.

Durant will rake in $60 mil per year after his next contract. Talk about winning at life.

greekfreak
greekfreak

If PF's and Center's are supposed to get a lot of rebounds, then point guards and shooting guards are supposed to get assists.... How many did "the best sg in the NBA" (Harden) average again? #Clueless

grandmama3
grandmama3

I don't understand how an advanced stat that actually tells you the percentage of rebounds melo pulls down per chance can mean nothing and that his average means more. can you or someone explain that to me?

So Melo grab how many rebounds per game exactly advance stats mean nothing when what he average per game is in front of you. Advance stats are like a false profit. Everyone need something to believe in.

tjhassan3
tjhassan3

@OLDKNICK3 This is the year Shump either turn's that corner, or let's the knee injury get the best of him and his potential. 

So you miss the whole convo about him not trusting his knee to the point he would not even try to jump off that leg unless he could use both. No one on that team including Melo bought it every night. People like to pick and choose who to blame for the teams failure. Lead dog take lead blame that's how it works. This team failed as a whole. When a owner is worried about the bottom line he failed to lead. When a coach does what he is told by not adjusting his offense or defense he failed to lead. When the face of the franchise wish he had veteran leadership on the team he failed to lead. The best lineup always included Melo & Shump advance stats said so but no one is saying anything about that. Lead dog lead and if he can't then he need to look in the mirror and figure it out. P.S. I hate advance stats. Lol

greekfreak
greekfreak

It's common knowledge that he was coming off knee surgery so he was nervous to jump off that one foot.

johneco
johneco

@OLDKNICK3  His career average for 3s in the playoffs is 30% (and more like 20% for us)

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@brookdon 

Good for Shannon Brown. He showed me something by playing in the Summer league. I wish him well, except for the games he plays against the Knicks.

MeloStat301
MeloStat301

@brookdon  Watch this now be a "smart move" by the Heat, with Shannon brown "bouncing back"...lol.

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@stillmatic 

Melo's rebound totals in 2013-14 were helped by his league leading 38.9 minutes per game and playing with Bargnani, who is one of the worst rebounders over 7 feet ever. Hopefully Melo will play less and we will have PF-C that hit the boards. Aldrich and Dalembert are very good rebounders, according to those dreaded advanced statistics. I won't post any so as to not provoke the non-believers.

grandmama3
grandmama3

@stillmatic I busted it out just to try to show that despite what some call a low average, Melo is still effective when he does rebound, just to show averages aren't everything

greekfreak
greekfreak

@MeloStat301. Well said. These people must only watch sports center and not real games

Daniel Nguyen
Daniel Nguyen

@MeloStat301 what you do after rebounding the ball is just as important! do you have your eyes and head up? Think of Kevin Love, he has the best outlet passes in the game right now

grandmama3
grandmama3

@MeloStat301 exactly it so much more than just thinking oh they are a PF or a Center so they should average 10 boards a game

grandmama3
grandmama3

I don't understand how an advanced stat that actually tells you the percentage of rebounds melo pulls down per chance can mean nothing and that his average means more. can you explain that to me?

grandmama3
grandmama3

your putting way to much stock in averages

NoVaCaInE
NoVaCaInE

If you want to debate with people, you have to respond to their comments.

grandmama3
grandmama3

Melo acts as a stretch 4 when he plays PF, he is not going to be there to grab every board but advanced stats do tell us that he is very good at grabbing them when he is there

TkBK1ng
TkBK1ng

  first off ... melo brought it every night got hurt in the process and never complained never threw no one under the bus


secondly the post was about shump I don't get where melo came from

jax13
jax13

Love will learn all about this next season......

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@grandmama3 @MeloStat301 

Rebounding also depends on how many minutes one plays. Last year Dalembert only grabbed 6.8 rebounds per game. When you factor in he played 20.2 minutes, that stat looks a whole lot better. 

greekfreak
greekfreak

@stillmatic.. I know... My point is if Melo being like 4th it 5th in rebounding at his position "amongst his peers", then what's so special about Harden and his #'s? Or is it just one or three people needing to always hate on Melo? I should have explained myself better, I was in the doctors office with kids getting school shots. Didn't have much time

grandmama3
grandmama3

@Sandro Guedes @grandmama3 I don't know if it was better than everyone lol I just know it was better than the league leader in rebounds deandre jordan, with Jordan averaging more it tells me he is asked to play in position to rebound whereas melo is asked to play a different role but can also rebound very well 

Melo was the guy they posted up all the time so he was not a stretch 4.

chitwood
chitwood

melo didnt even bring it every quarter

Knicks_Fanatic
Knicks_Fanatic

@stillmatic @Knicks_Fanatic 

Stats are designed to be used and twisted. If one doesn't like Melo, one can always find something. He was surely in demand as a free agent, so that speaks louder than any statistic.

I just get a kick out of the old school crowd that eschews advanced statistics. My sister believes the earth is 6,000 years old and man existed alongside dinosaurs. She doesn't like to hear stats, either.

greekfreak
greekfreak

@stillmatic. They must not get MSG channel where they live because Melo doesn't play PF all year.. He also plays SF, and those are great rebounding #'s for a SF and above average for a PF

grandmama3
grandmama3

he also shoots the three ball very well so yes he is a stretch 4 that you have to guard at the 3 pt line but he can also post up and do everything else

grandmama3
grandmama3

@Knicks_Fanatic @stillmatic that crowd is funny, I get a kick out of it 2, that's why I wanted to hear an explanation on how an average is more important then a stat telling you exactly how well someone rebounds per chance they get, I knew the response was going to be good lol I shouldn't of used the words advance stat, I think some people see it and are immediately clouded by their disdain towards them

grandmama3
grandmama3

I guess I look at it different there are alot more factors then positions and associating that position with a certain number of rebounds per game. 

grandmama3
grandmama3

to me the definition of a stretch 4 is someone who plays powerforward who has the ability to pull the opposing PF out of the paint and onto the perimeter in order to guard against the threat of a 3pt. 

grandmama3
grandmama3

it is just like scoring you might say wow that player averaged 25 PPG and then you see he did it on 38% shooting and you say oh well he just took a lot of shots. it is the same for rebounding in melo's case his averages by your standards aren't impressive from the PF spot but you can look deeper and say that he does grab 71% of the rebounds he has a chance at, which is higher than the leader in rebounding average deandre jordan, so what does that tell you? it tells me jordan is asked to play more of the rebounding role and therefor it leads to more chances resulting in a higher average, Melo is not asked to do that but is still very good at rebounding

greekfreak
greekfreak

I wonder how many assists Harden averaged?