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.”